A collective act : leading a small school by Michelle Anderson, Michelle Davis, Peter Douglas, David

By Michelle Anderson, Michelle Davis, Peter Douglas, David Lloyd, Barrey Niven, Hilary Thiele

A Collective Act: best a small institution explores the features of, the context for, and the demanding situations to winning management. It identifies what the learn says approximately small university management after which tells 5 compelling tales of major in such settings, from throughout Australia. jointly, the examine and the situations current a robust argument for higher knowing this exact context of leadership.

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1 States and territories: population and capital cities1 11 12 A Collective Act Continuing the theme introduced in the previous chapter of ‘context counts’, take a minute to think about what ‘going to school’ means for your child or a friend’s child. ‘Going to school’ may have vastly different meanings and realities for many Australian children. For example, some children do not ‘go’ to school in the traditional sense of travelling to a school at all. The Alice Springs School of the Air is one of two distance education schools in the Northern Territory; other Schools of the Air can also be found in the different states of Australia.

Each morning Jenny leaves home and instead of walking the few steps to the school room, she instead enacts her routine of ‘going to school’. This involves walking from her front porch to an old farm car, where she begins the drive to school. Jenny drives along the airstrip, does a right-hand turn at the end of the runway and proceeds to drive back towards the school room. Ten minutes later she parks the car and walks up A portrait of small schools 13 the path to the school room where she is joined by the employed supervisor/governess3 and her younger brother Paul—just in time for school assembly to greet her fellow ten classmates on Skype.

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