So you have the data and the framework to facilitate change. But do you prescribe to the ‘best’ leadership style going around? Do you encourage best practice as a leader and as a classroom practitioner?
Professor Vivian Robinson has examined the importance of leadership styles and argues that utilizing an Instructional leadership approach over any other will produces higher results in terms of the success of the change that is needed to be implemented, and the results of the institution long-term.
Personally, I dislike the term ‘Instructional Leadership’ as it implies a negative connotation to the approach, generating images and thoughts of a Top-Down Approach. I prefer to use ‘Pedagogical Leadership’ (which is interchangeable with Instructional Leadership). Pedagogical Leadership disseminates leadership throughout the organization. What is it? Well..
“Pedagogy specifically recognizes the cultural and societal aspects of what is learned and why it is learned. Pedagogy acknowledges aspects of learning that were previously described as the “hidden curriculum”. Pedagogy peels back the veneer of teaching methodology to expose the conscious and unconscious decisions made by school leaders as agents of enculturation. Pedagogical leadership is therefore an act that motivates others, thus facilitating culturally aware learning in a third party”.
(MacNeill, Cavanagh, Silcox; 2003, p. 5)
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