Shared Leadership Status in Ensuring Excellent Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education (Case Study of Three Schools from Different Countries

Chidi Ambrose Okafor

Abstract


This article explores the status, roles and importance that shared leadership plays to ensure excellent teaching and learning
in secondary education. In recent times, shared leadership has been the theme of considerable educational exploration and
conversation all over the world, because of its enormous logical contributions to school administration, and most especially, to
students’ improvement.
The issue of shared leadership is predominantly appropriate - for the reason that many international studies have pointed out
the importance of leadership being shared throughout the organization with the vision of changing students’ performance to a
higher standard.
The article examines the problem of non-participation of teachers, and students in some decision making processes that affect
the whole school; lack of delegation of responsibilities, lack of support, encouragement and help for teachers, particularly in
dealing with students’ behavioral or disciplinary issues.
Furthermore, this article scrutinizes the lack of trust and treatment of teachers as professionals, inappropriate organization
and lack of planning for them, and also the inability of the principal to allow teachers to try out new ideas without interference,
the lack of approachability, accessibility and openness of the principal as being an important factor in enabling teachers to do
their job adequately.
Three case studies were held (school A: Georgia, B: Nigeria & C: Australia). It points to the status and usefulness of shared
leadership as a lens to analyze and improve excellent teaching and learning, and presents suggestions on shared leadership
performances that could outline the basis for new schoolwork.


Keywords


Shared Leadership, New Initiatives, Learning Community, Delegation Of Responsibility, Decision Making

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