Holistic School Leadership: Systems Thinking as an Instructional Leadership Enabler

Haim Shaked, Chen Schechter

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As instructional leadership involves attempts to understand and improve complex systems, this study explored principals’ perceptions regarding possible contributions of systems thinking to instructional leadership. Based on a qualitative analysis, systems thinking was perceived by middle and high school principals to contribute to the following three areas of instructional leadership: (1) improvement of school curriculum, (2) development of professional learning communities, and (3) interpretation of performance data. Systems thinking as a potential enabler of instructional leadership is discussed and implications are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-202
Number of pages26
JournalNASSP Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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  • instructional leadership
  • school principals
  • systems thinking


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