Researching Australian School Leadership

Year: 2010

Author: Drysdale, Lawrence, Gurr, David

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The Australian education context is characterised by increasing public scrutiny of school performance and an expectation that all schools should, within contextual boundaries, produce high level student outcomes. Whilst discussion of successful schools and successful school leadership is a relatively recent phenomenon, it is now an important concept for research, policy and practice. This paper reports on our research in developing an Australian model of successful school leadership, and associated research areas of instructional leadership, sustainable leadership, and leadership preparation. It is a paper that describes the research agenda of two Australian educational researchers as they explore successful school leadership over a ten-year period.