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Inductive leadership: Activating community-oriented student agency towards school improvement
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Chua, P., Toh, Y., Tan, W. K., Hung, D. W. L., & Koh, T. S. (2018). Inductive leadership: Activating community-oriented student agency towards school improvement. In T. S. Koh & D. Hung (Eds.), Leadership for change: The Singapore schools' experience (pp. 203-229). Singapore; Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific, 2018.
In this chapter, we share a case study of a very successful Singapore secondary school’s efforts to implement a revised curriculum that is more student- and inquiry-oriented, i.e. to move towards purposeful learning for students. Through this case study, we have identified the notion of “agentic student leadership”, a term that we have devised, that could be leveraged to catalyse and spur school improvement through the activation of community-oriented student agency. We unpacked this notion of “agentic student leadership” into its constituent 3-stage process that had been enacted by the principal. We discuss how “agentic student leadership” constitutes 2nd order improvements in schools, as well as argue for the location of its potential contribution to the literature on school leadership and school improvement.
This is the final draft of a book chapter published by World Scientific. The published version is available at
978-981-3227-30-9 (print)
978-981-3227-33-0 (ebook)
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