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Sinéctica

On-line version ISSN 2007-7033Print version ISSN 1665-109X

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GOMEZ, Luis Felipe. Braiding the threads of the school. Leadership a key element for the operation of Technical School Councils. Sinéctica [online]. 2019, n.52, 00009. ISSN 2007-7033.  http://dx.doi.org/10.31391/s2007-7033(2019)0052-009.

Despite the fact that the Technical School Councils have already been in operation for a few years, a small number of studies analyze their functioning. The purpose of this article is to analyze the leadership of teachers and the principal in the sessions of this collegiate body. The study was conducted in a public junior high school in Guadalajara. The methodology was a qualitative case study. Through the observation of the sessions of the Council, during the school year 2016-2017 and ten interviews with teachers and the principal, the leadership of the professors was characterized. Although less noticeable, it is as important as that of the principal, since it allows to analyze information, generate documents and make reasoned decisions. The article also describes the functions and type of leadership. The findings show that it fulfills the functions of setting the course, promoting the development of personnel and, to a lesser extent, transforming the school. The type of leadership is predominantly transformational, but also has traits of the democratic and charismatic; that of teachers is horizontal, temporary, assigned by colleagues, or self-assigned. The author concludes that leadership is one of the crucial elements for the proper functioning of the School Technical Council and that the characteristics identified in this case study can be useful for other schools to learn and improve the functioning of the collegiate body in charge of promoting greater management autonomy in their schools.

Keywords : pedagogical leadership; School Technical Council; school management; school autonomy.

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