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A Study on Distributed Leadership Theory and Research by Gronn, Spillane & Harris

Distributed leadership theory is one of the theories representing the 21st century in the field of education, and numerous theoretical and empirical studies have been conducted in the UK and the US. The purpose of this study is to explore the implications of distributed leadership as a theory of educational administration and the simple principle that explosive quantitative growth must be achieved for the qualitative growth of a field. In addition, it aims to have an integrated perspective on the distributed leadership that is being implemented in a segmented manner. To this end, in this study, three scholars, Gronn, Spillane & Harris, who lead the theory of distributed leadership around the world, conducted a study on the theory and research of distributed leadership. Research materials that well contain their thoughts and ideas on their distributed leadership were selected, reviewed and organized. In addition, the task of distributed leadership research was explored, and the implications of distributed leadership to our education and our schools were derived. Through this, it was suggested that distributed leadership should be a useful tool to understand the complexity and uncertainty of the 21st century education field, and that it should be a meaningful criterion for finding variance optimization in the education field.

Distributed Leadership, Hybrid, Leader Plus, Third School

APA Style

Changsu, L. (2023). A Study on Distributed Leadership Theory and Research by Gronn, Spillane & Harris. International Journal of Education, Culture and Society, 8(6), 243-256.

ACS Style

Changsu, L. A Study on Distributed Leadership Theory and Research by Gronn, Spillane & Harris. Int. J. Educ. Cult. Soc. 2023, 8(6), 243-256. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20230806.14

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Changsu L. A Study on Distributed Leadership Theory and Research by Gronn, Spillane & Harris. Int J Educ Cult Soc. 2023;8(6):243-256. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20230806.14

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