Dual leadership in Chinese schools challenges executive principalships as best fit for 21st century educational development

Christine Cunningham, Wei Zhang, Michelle Striepe, David Rhodes

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This paper examines China's dual leadership model and compares it with the more traditional (western) single leader model. It addresses an important question in educational leadership: whether singular school leadership or a dual leadership is better? It is innovative as it mobilised an international research team to collect data from 115 Chinese school leaders and compare China's dual leadership with faith-based schools in other contexts. Given so much now is written about distributed leadership within and across schools, this paper offers valuable insights, especially for readers interested in the educational leadership practices of a rising global power.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102531
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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