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Title: Case study of middle and senior leader working relationships in a secondary school in England
Author: Riazat, Nasima Shaheen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5992 7169
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2016
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This study is a small 'real-time' snapshot to illuminate participant perceptions. The extent of which 'talk' of sharing whole school decision-making occurred in practice in School A was explored from a middle and senior leader perspective. A grounded theory case study approach was used and a small sample of four middle leaders, three senior leaders, and a headteacher were interviewed from School A in the North of England. The interview data was triangulated through observations, documentary analysis of documents, such as agendas and minutes of meetings, before being analysed and compared against existing academic literature. Two important overarching theoretical concepts of 'relationships between middle and senior leaders' and 'organisational culture' emerged which underpinned the sub-concepts of 'balkanization', 'collaboration', 'capacity building', 'job role', and 'hierarchy'. The findings show a culture of transactional leadership is operating in School A and an ethos of balkanization indicates middle leaders are working in individual departments. There is a belief amongst the middle leaders that their involvement in whole school decision-making is contrived, however, the data also indicates that middle leaders may not readily accept whole school decision-making as part of their wider role. Research outcomes, which emerged from the data, suggest possible ways forward for School A to increase and embed collaborative decision-making between middle and senior leaders within the existing transactional school culture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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