Collaboration in the Human Sciences

Collaborative school leadership as a promoter of children’s rights: a survey in Greek secondary schools

Through its educational policy, the Greek State attempts to introduce humanitarian pedagogy into our education system in order to promote the democratic / humanitarian values at the heart of which are human rights. This pedagogy presupposes the involvement of all actors in school life and, above all, the activation of the school principals, in order to accomplish the above purpose, supporting practices that strengthen and promote democratic and human rights of students, through their active participation in the life of the school community This presupposes the acquisition of the necessary knowledge of the rights of the child as referred to in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), which is necessary for the exercise of democratic school governance and especially for the implementation of collaborative leadership models in school unit. The purpose of this research was to investigate the extent to which school principals promote the rights of students, and especially the role they play in dissemination and integration of the rights into school life, in terms of knowledge and practice. The survey was conducted on a representative sample of secondary school principals in the Region of Western Greece with the use of the questionnaire.


  • Bestias Georgios -
  • Balias Efstathios -

2 thoughts on Collaborative school leadership as a promoter of children's rights: a survey in Greek secondary schools

  • This sounds great. I am very interested in learning how “collaborative leadership” is operationalized in this literature. Also, in your conclusion you discuss the importance of strengthening the democratic profile of the principal? How might you go about doing this?

    I am so excited to see an organizational dialogue that is centered on supporting the rights of the child. This is quite different from models that you might see in the U.S.

    • Thank you very much for your valuable and constructive intervention. It helps us to extend our problematic and our thinking on the human rights issue and we assure you to react for that in time.

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