The leadership, culture and context nexus: lessons from the leadership of improving schools

David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale, Fiona Longmuir, Kieran McCrohan

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This paper reports on multiple perspective and observational case studies of the leadership of three underperforming schools, two serving communities with relatively high educational advantage, and one with low educational advantage, yet all facing challenges related to school closure and pressure to succeed. Utilising Hallinger’s (2016) context and culture framework for school improvement to analyse the cases, it is shown that whilst these schools had very challenging contexts, they have been able to meet the needs of their local community cultures through leadership from the principal and others that has not been constrained by context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-44
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Studies in Educational Administration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • School leadership
  • context and culture
  • principal
  • School improvement

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