Dirigenza scolastica e gestione democratica. Uno studio in Italia e Portogallo

Translated title of the contribution: Leadership and democratic school governance. A study in Italy and Portugal

Francesca Fioretti*

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In democratic school governance, characterized by participative decisionmaking, the Principal occupies a central role in fostering the creation of an organizational system that can implement school community collaboration and student learning outcomes. With reference to the current national legislation, the present study carried out in Italy and Portugal offers a contribution to research on the role of the participation of the school community in school governance. The analysis conducted on a total of eight semi-structured interviews with one Italian Vice Principal, three Italian Principals and four Portuguese Principals of lower secondary schools is reported. The results show operational strategies implemented at the initiative of schools that can promote collaborative and democratic school governance through the active involvement of the school community in the decision-making process.
Translated title of the contributionLeadership and democratic school governance. A study in Italy and Portugal
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)78-92
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Decision-making
  • Participation
  • Collaboration


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