Boundary Breaking: An Emergent Model for Leadership Development


  • Charles Webber University of Calgary
  • Jan Robertson University of Waikato



Constructivism (Learning), Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership, International Education, Leadership Training, Models, Online Systems


We summarize the results of a cross-cultural on-line project for graduate students in educational leadership at the University of Calgary in Canada and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. A conceptual framework for the collaborative Internet project is presented in conjunction with a summary of relevant literature and participant views of the project. Finally, the authors propose a model for on-line graduate learning in educational leadership with the following components: construction of meaning, provision of a forum for discussion, validation of personal knowledge, generative learning, formal and informal leadership, sense of community, and international perspectives.


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Author Biographies

Charles Webber, University of Calgary

Charles F. Webber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. His teaching and research focus on school culture, the role of the principal, and international trends in educational leadership. He facilitates the Change Agency Network and edits the International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning

Jan Robertson, University of Waikato

Jan M Robertson is the Director of the Educational Leadership Centre and a Senior Lecturer in the Professional Studies Department at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Her teaching, research and development focuses on action research methodology, appraisal and leadership development of teachers and principals, and the role of the principal in site-based management nationally and internationally. She initiated a listserver discussion group primarily for networking New Zealand school leaders based on the Change Agency model.




How to Cite

Webber, C., & Robertson, J. (1998). Boundary Breaking: An Emergent Model for Leadership Development. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 6, 21.