Enabling Factors That Lead Educational Middle Leaders to an Effective Professional Performance


Effective school leadership is made of senior and middle leaders who work effectively and collaboratively. More than ever, in the 21st century, there has been recognition that schools need knowledgeable, skilled, proactive and committed leaders, along with great teachers, to ensure outstanding education at all levels of schooling. The scope of this paper lies within the sphere of the work of middle leaders, who can make a great impact on student learning outcomes for having a direct influence on teachers and classroom teaching. It aims at sharing findings obtained through an academic qualitative case study carried out in 2021, by the same researcher, on the professional performance of educational middle leaders, applied to the context of the lower elementary school division of a private Brazilian school. The master ́s dissertation research questions included one focused on discovering the enabling factors that lead middle leaders towards a professional performance of excellence. Through an electronic questionnaire and individual face-to-face interviews, whilst being supported by a solid body of research underlying the study, it was possible to find out evidence that four enabling factors are essentially important for middle leaders to play their roles with efficacy, which are: an 'inner drive', a 'specific knowledge and skills base', 'in-service professional development (PD) programme', and effective 'support by their senior leaders'. This paper aims at outlining the main aspects concerning the empiric research undertaken, and mainly at placing an emphasis on these enabling factors, approached in depth in the dissertation report.

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Elaine Aaltonen, University College London, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Educational policy

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Aaltonen E. (2022) Enabling Factors That Lead Educational Middle Leaders to an Effective Professional Performance ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.32
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1162.2022.32

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