Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Education
To what extent does distributed school leadership work effectively within two secondary schools in Kazakhstan from the perspectives of the Senior Leaders and Classroom Teachers?
This study investigates the perceptions of senior leaders and classroom teachers with regard to the effectiveness of distributed leadership approaches within two secondary schools in Kazakhstan. Following the interpretivist epistemological position, this qualitative research generated knowledge by exploring perceptions of the senior leaders and classroom teachers about distributed leadership through online semi-structured interviews. The analysis of the findings indicated that senior leaders from the two schools perceive the importance of practicing distributed leadership within their schools and they shared certain examples of the opportunities that they provide for teachers. Classroom teachers positively reflected on distributed leadership approaches that are taken by their senior leaders. They place a great value on the support and motivation that senior leaders offer them. By comparing two schools, certain recommendations made in terms of what each can learn from the other about effective distributed leadership approaches. Suggestions for future research arising from the results of this study is that there is a demand to examine educational reforms such as seminars and courses on school leadership in greater depth, and their implications for people’s actions. This may be of interest for further research in the field of educational leadership and management.
Keywords: approaches; management; motivation; perceptions; reforms.