1st Edition

Accountability and Culture of School Teachers and Principals An Eight-country Comparative Study

Edited By Theo Wubbels, Zehava Rosenblatt Copyright 2021
    190 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Accountability and Culture of School Teachers and Principals studies the degree to which teachers and principals in eight countries view themselves as taking responsibility, working by clear standards, reporting transparently, and accepting feedback at work.

    The book focuses on cultural values that explain variation in accountability levels of school educators, drawing on data from Canada, China, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It addresses the question of whether cultural values, specifically collectivism and individualism, are related to teachers’ and principals’ external and internal accountability dispositions. It also explores the intriguing role of organizational support and key school personnel in school reforms across the world, providing a new way to understand school accountability.

    The book will be of great interest for academics, post-graduate students, and scholars in the field of education policy and international and comparative studies in education.



    Notes on Contributors

    List of Tables, Figures and Appendices

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Teachers’ and Principals’ Accountability: Theoretical Background

    Conceptualizing Accountability

    Accountability and Cultural Values

    Accountability and Organizational Support

    Chapter 3 Study Methods


    Data Collection

    Study Measures

    Analytical Approach

    Chapter 4 Study Findings


    Accountability Distribution

    Cultural Values Distribution

    Organizational Support Distribution

    Prediction of External and Internal Accountability

    Prediction of Accountability: Summary

    Chapter 5 Discussion of Study Findings


    The Two Dimensions of Accountability: External and Internal

    Accountability Audiences: Parents and School Management

    Effect of Principals’ Accountability on Teachers’ Accountability

    Predicting Accountability by Personal Individualism and Collectivism

    Accountability at a Country Level

    Organizational Support as a Predictor of Accountability

    Chapter 6 Concluding Thoughts



    Zehava Rosenblatt is Professor Emerita in the Department of Leadership and Educational Policy at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research is focused on ethical issues in teachers' work, such as personal accountability and absenteeism, as well as other related topics in teachers' organizational behavior.

    Theo Wubbels is Professor Emeritus of Educational Sciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research interests developed in his career from the pedagogy of physics education, via problems of beginning teachers and teaching and learning in higher education to studies of learning environments and, especially, interpersonal relationships in education.