1st Edition

Developing School Leaders
An International Perspective

ISBN 9780415761871
Published May 16, 2014 by Routledge
210 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

Many countries face a crisis in recruitment to the most senior positions in schools at a time when arguments rage about the best way to develop our school leaders.

Focusing on leadership development in ten diverse cultural contexts, this book brings together some of the most senior commentators in the field of educational leadership development to provide a global perspective on leadership development programmes and practices. The rise of leadership development programmes has presented opportunities for some and challenges for others. These challenges are both practical and conceptual and relate to a series of questions that are unpacked in the book including:

  • What is the appropriate balance between the academic and the practical in leadership programmes?
  • Should provision be located in higher education institutions, in other government sponsored organizations or commissioned from the private sector?
  • Are models of leadership studies derived from the business and industry relevant to schools?
  • How can research into impact inform leadership development policy and strategy?
  • Should programmes be integrated into higher degree provision or should new and innovative forms of accreditation be developed?

This book should be fascinating reading for all those engaged in educational research and teaching, and working, in educational leadership.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Leadership development in a global environment  2. From ad-hoc provision to complex framework: the rise of leadership development programmes in England  3. The changing landscape of head teacher preparation in Scotland  4. Educational leadership development in Greece  5. Educational leadership development in the Czech Republic  6. Leadership development in Kosovo  7. The training and development of principals in Israel  8. Preparing leaders, preparing learners, the Hong Kong experience  9. Only Connect: Australia’s attempts to forge a national agenda for quality school leadership  10.  Capability in the leadership of teaching and learning: The validity and utility of a self-assessment tool  11. The landscape of initial school leadership preparation activity in the US


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Mark Brundrett is Professor of Educational Research at the Faculty of Education, Liverpool John Moores University.

Megan Crawford is Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London.