The self-organizing school theory: leading change for learning

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This chapter provides a set of theoretically derived principles for school reform that can be employed by school leaders to guide their engagement with school improvement and change processes. The principles are empirically derived from theories of self-organization and complexity and tested over a 12-year period in a longitudinal school reform project. They show the way in which theory can provide a practical design metaphor for understanding and enacting change in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of leadership for learning
EditorsTony Townsend, John MacBeath
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789400713505
ISBN (Print)9789400713499
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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