1st Edition

Comparative Perspectives on International School Leadership
Policy, Preparation, and Practice

ISBN 9780415894333
Published March 26, 2014 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Through a multi-country study, Comparative Perspectives on International School Leadership examines the current global spread of educational leadership, occurring rapidly and widely. Exploring five international case studies of leadership policy, preparation, and practice under the framework of policy borrowing and adaptation, Magno attempts to understand and account for commonalities and differences across country contexts. Rather than assuming a particular model or theory to leadership is best, Comparative Perspectives on International School Leadership takes a policy-oriented perspective and considers how and why certain approaches are being formulated and accepted, including an examination of motivations, influencers, actors, institutions, and implementation processes. Magno ultimately argues that efforts toward formalizing educational leadership reflect current global political objectives to improve schools by increasing accountability, transparency, and professionalism. This engaging book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of educational leadership and comparative education.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Global Spread of Educational Leadership Policy

Chapter Two: Perspectives from the United States: The Leadership Paradox in Connecticut: "Accountabalism" vs. Instruction

Chapter Three: Perspectives from Switzerland: New Leaders in Zürich: Evidence of an ‘Accountability’ Revolution?

Chapter Four: Perspectives from Azerbaijan: Cultural Hybridity and Leadership Transparency: Forming Accountability in Azerbaijan

Chapter Five: Perspectives from Mongolia: Standards Spreading and Structures Sticking: Leadership Accountability in Mongolia

Chapter Six: Perspectives from Pakistan: Whose Voices Converge in Punjab and Sindh? Macro- and Micro-local Divergence Regarding School Leadership Development

By Ayesha Razzaque and Cathryn Magno

Chapter Seven: Cross-case Analysis: Complex Convergence

Appendix A: Data Collection and Methodological Particulars

Appendix B: Researcher Note


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Cathryn S. Magno is Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, USA, and an Education Consultant to several international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations such as UNICEF, USAID, and the Open Society Institute.