Balancing trust and control through dialogue meetings in Norwegian school district governance
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Original versionEducational Research for Policy and Practice. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10671-020-09287-1
Increased attention has been paid to school superintendents and their role in school reforms. Still, there are few studies on dialogue meetings between actors at different lev- els in the school hierarchy. The current paper investigates how a superintendent balances between trust and control while supporting school development through dialogue meetings. Drawing on interviews, reflection notes, and longitudinal observational data from dialogue meetings, comprising a superintendent, subordinated school leaders, and team leaders, this action research study provides insight into requirements for productive dialogue meet- ings. We argue that superintendent leadership through regular dialogue meetings can foster trust-building, empowerment, and professional commitment.