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School Leadership - International Perspectives


School Leadership - International Perspectives


Studies in Educational Leadership, Band 10

von: Stephan Huber

178,49 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 24.12.2009
ISBN/EAN: 9789048135011
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 328

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Recent research into school effectiveness has corroborated the theory that the school leader plays a pivotal role making their school a successful institution, and is most often cited as the key factor in a school’s development.
Reflecting the importance it is given in the today’s education landscape, this book explores the latest trends in school leadership from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Each chapter provides insight into an aspect of current research, with detailed case studies coming from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada.
In the context of the ever-increasing burden of responsibility placed on education management to safeguard and enhance the quality of education they provide, school leadership is now a core concern of policy makers. In addition, most countries are undertaking fundamental education reforms that will have a major influence on the nature of school leadership. Offering the most up-to-date research on this central issue, this book will both inform and shape the debate.
This book explores the latest trends in school leadership from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Each chapter provides insight into an aspect of current research, with detailed case studies coming from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada.
The pivotal role of the school leader as a factor in effective schools has been corroborated by findings of school effectiveness research over the last decades. School improvement researchers have also demonstrated increasing recognition of the importance of school leaders for all stages of the school improvement process. The school leader is most often cited as the key figure in the individual school's development, either blocking or promoting change, acting as the internal change agent, overseeing the processes of growth and renewal. In view of these ever-increasing responsibilities of school leaders for ensuring and enhancing the quality of schools, school leadership has recently become one of the central concerns of educational policy makers. Moreover, in most countries, the tasks and structures of schools and of the education system are changing. These change processes strongly influence the leadership of schools.
The chapters of the book vividly reflect the ideas and experiences regarding current issues and trends in school leadership and leadership development from both perspectives, research and practice. They comprise insights from recent research findings and their consequences for the leadership of schools. They look at the growing importance placed on activities to "professionalize" school leaders, among them: training and development programs and selection procedures. They also examine the professional standing and the level of decision-making authority that school leaders in various countries have.
Preface: School Leadership: International Perspectives.- . 1. Improving Schools in Hong Kong: A Description of the Improvement Model and Some Reflections on Its Impact on Schools, Teachers and School Principals; Mel West and Mel Ainscow.- 2. Structure, Culture Leadership – Prerequisites for Successful Schools? Measuring the Social and Civic Objectives; Björn Ahlström and Jonas Höög.- 3. Educational Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice; Olof Johansson and Elisabeth Zachrisson.- 4. School Leadership Effectiveness The Growing Insight in the Importance of School Leadership for the Quality and Development of Schools and their Pupils; Stephan Gerhard Huber and Daniel Muijs.- 5. The Principal as Educational Leader: What Makes the Difference; Michael Chirichello.- 6. From Successful School Leadership towards Distributed Leadership; Lejf Moos.- 7. The Professionalization of Instructional Leadership in the United States: Competing Values and Current Tensions; Patricia Burch.- 8. Values–based Leadership: At the Heart of Sustaining School Reform and Improvement; Michelle A. Johnston and Michael Harris.- 9. System-sensitive Professional Leaders in Education; Hanja Hansen.- 10. Multiple Thinking and Creativity in School Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Development; Yin Cheong Cheng.- 11. Realising the Potential of System Leadership; David Hopkins.- 12. Preparing School Leaders – International Approaches in Leadership Development; Stephan Gerhard Huber.- 13. Developing New School Leaders: Application of International and Local Knowledge to Practice; Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert.- 14. Investigating the Use of Capability and Standards – Referenced Frameworks to Support the Professional Learning of Aspiring, New and Experienced School Leaders in the Public Education System in New South Wales, Australia; Norman McCulla.- 15. Cloning Their Own: Aspirant Principals and the School- Based Selection Game; Peter Gronn and Kathey Lacey.- 16. The Recruitmentand Selection of School Leaders – First Findings of an International Comparison; Stephan Gerhard Huber and Maren Hiltmann.- Index.
Research into school effectiveness in recent decades has corroborated the theory that the school leader has a pivotal role to play in making their school a successful institution and especially in its improvement. In fact, the school leader is most often cited as the key factor in a school’s development.

Reflecting the importance it is given in today’s education landscape, this book explores the latest trends in school leadership from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Each chapter provides insight into an aspect of current research and analyzes its consequences for school leadership, with many offering internationally comparative assessments. Detailed case studies come from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada. Among other things, chapter authors look at the growing importance placed on activities to "professionalize" school leaders, such as training and development programs and selection procedures. They also examine the professional standing and the level of decision-making authority that school leaders have in various countries.

In view of the ever-increasing burden of responsibility placed on higher management to safeguard and enhance the quality of education they provide, school leadership is now a core concern of policy makers. In addition, most countries are undertaking fundamental education reforms that will have a major influence on the nature of school leadership. Offering the most up-to-date research on this central issue, this book will both inform and shape the debate.
Vividly reflects the ideas and experiences regarding current issues and trends in school leadership and leadership development from both research and practice perspectives
Gives valuable new insights from recent research findings and their consequences for the leadership of schools
Draws special attention to the growing importance of activities to "professionalize" school leaders
Indispensable work for those who wish to be up-to-date on school leadership development