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Implementing and investigating distributed leadership in a national university network - SaMnet

Sharma, MD, Rifkin, W, Tzioumis, V, Hill, M, Johnson, E, Varsavsky, C, Jones, S ORCID: 0000-0001-8813-430X, Beames, S, Crampton, A, Zadnik, M and Pyke, S 2017 , 'Implementing and investigating distributed leadership in a national university network - SaMnet' , Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 39, no. 2 , pp. 169-182 , doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2017.1276660.

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Abstract

The literature suggests that collaborative approaches to leadership, such as distributed leadership, are essential for supporting educational innovators in leading change in teaching in universities. This paper briefly describes the array of activities, processes and resources to support distributed leadership in the implementation of a network, the Science and Mathematics Network of Australian University Educators – SaMnet. The research study investigated participating educational innovators’ experiences of distributed leadership using a mixed method approach after 2 years of immersion in SaMnet. Fifty innovators from 100 were surveyed and data analysed to obtain influences of the teams, the institution and SaMnet. Focus groups were used to extract rich descriptions of the experiences of the innovators. The study suggests that distributed leadership as the approach underpinning SaMnet cultivated leadership helping to complement team and institutional influences in a measurable way and to support educational innovators in leading change in university science and mathematics teaching.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sharma, MD and Rifkin, W and Tzioumis, V and Hill, M and Johnson, E and Varsavsky, C and Jones, S and Beames, S and Crampton, A and Zadnik, M and Pyke, S
Keywords: collaborative approaches to leadership, communities of practice, distributed leadership, networks for building capacity, science and mathematics education
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1360-080X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1360080X.2017.1276660
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Copyright 2017 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management

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