Collaborative Leadership Centred on Academic Aspects: The Case of the Technical Councils in Rural and Indigenous Schools of Chihuahua Mexico

By Manuel Lopez Delgado and Cruz Argelia Estrada Loya.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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In education leadership approaches based on collaboration have increasingly taken importance as a mean of enhancing better learning and teaching. This article presents findings from a mixed approach study carried out in 20 primary schools of the Tarahumara Region of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The goal of this study was to explore the performing of the school technical councils around effective collaboration for improved teaching. Analysis of collected data suggests that three types of collaborative cultures can be identified across the schools that participated in this study: a Teaching Community, a Teaching Group, and a Teaching Conglomerate due to a combination of the leadership approach present and the aspects that are given priority in their councils meetings. The research was carried out to the highest ethical standards in educational research as anonymity, confidentiality, consent, and respect for the participants were observed all the time. The paper concludes that even though in the school year 2013-2014 in Mexico were improved the conditions for meaningful collaboration and distribution of leadership within schools there are still aspects that hinder its consolidation as the lack of preparation and development of heads and the legal framework that prioritises administrative and managerial aspects of leadership in schools.

Keywords: Collaborative Leadership, School Councils, Leadership Preparation and Development

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 23, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 435.630KB)).

Prof. Manuel Lopez Delgado

Research Professor, Institute of Social Sciences and Administration, Humanities Department, University of Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Cruz Argelia Estrada Loya

Doctoral Student, Division For Postgraduate Studies, University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico