Leadership Research

The Leadership Research Group is committed to generating high quality research that is informed by practice and contributes to the improvement of practice. As such the research generated by the Leadership Research Group is used across a range of development contracts and activities run under the auspices of the Centre for Educational Leadership.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Effective leadership practices
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Leadership dispositions
  • Open-to-learningTM approaches

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Student-centred Leadership

What makes the Centre for Educational Leadership different to other providers of educational leadership professional development is our adherence to being research informed and yet practically oriented. 

The Centre bases its work on a model of student-centred leadership developed by Viviane Robinson and colleagues as a result of their work on the “Best evidence Synthesis- School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and WhyRobinson, Hohepa, & Lloyd, 2009) which examines the links between leadership and student outcomes.  The model below represents five dimensions of effective leadership, identified from this research, and shows how they are underpinned by three leadership capabilities. These three are seen as crucial to effective leadership and describe the “knowledge skills and dispositions needed to make the dimension work in a particular school context” (Robinson, 2011, p. 16).

This model is fully elaborated and illustrated in a practitioner-friendly way, in Viviane Robinson’s book Student Centered Leadership (2011). The Best Evidence Synthesis - School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why is available in hard copy from us or is free to download on the education counts website: http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/2515/60169/60170