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Preparing School Leaders for the 21st Century

1st Edition

By Stephan Gerhard Huber

Taylor & Francis

392 pages

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pub: 2004-01-01
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The quality and success of schools depend upon school leadership. Increasingly, in many countries worldwide, this belief has led to designing and implementing appropriate training and development programs for educational leaders. In an international comparative research project, current school leader training and development programs in fifteen countries across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America are analyzed, compared, and discussed.

Preparing School Leaders for the 21st Century provides insights and constructive ideas, for those planning and carrying out school leadership development in different countries and those conducting research in this field.

* Part one in the book reflects on roles, tasks, competences, and conceptions of school leadership, exploring the changing context in which school leaders find themselves, focusing on the new demands on the school leaders and suitable leadership theories.

* Part two provides a comparative discussion of the various leadership development models, identifying similarities and differences, based on a set of criteria selected and going beyond a mere juxtaposition. In describing common issues and challenges, it also looks for common solutions, and considers what the different countries might be able to learn from each other, and successfully transfer.

* Part three identifies current international trends deduced from these programs. Nineteen recommendations for designing future programs are outlined, and instructive examples of best and promising practice are given.

* Part four comprises well structured country reports, which provide information about the education system and school system of those countries, about recent changes and their impact on school leadership, about the overall school leader training and development approach.

Table of Contents



Terms and Abbreviations

Lists of Figures and Tables

I. Context of Research

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1. School Leadership: Roles, Tasks, Competences, and Conceptions

2. Aim and Scope of this International Comparison

3. Methodology and Methods

II. Comparison and Discussion of Findings

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1. Provider: Monopoly or Market, Centralised or Decentralised

Planning and Implementation of Programs

2. Target Group, Timing, Nature of Participation, and Professional Validity:

Multiple Approaches

3. Aims: Different Goals, Orientations, and Conceptions

4. Contents: What Is Important?

5. Methods: Learning in Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, from Colleagues,

and in the Workplace

6. Pattern: One Size for All or Multi-Phase Designs and Modularisation

III. Conclusions and Outlook

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1. Current Trends from a Global Perspective

2. Evaluation, Best Practice, and Multi-Stage Adjustment of Aims in

School Leader Development

3. Recommendations for Designing and Conducting Training and

Development Programs

4. What Has to be Done by Research?

IV. Country Reports


Sweden: Split Responsibility between State and Municipalities

Stephan Huber and Olof Johansson

Denmark: No Need for Regulations and Standards?

Stephan Huber and Lejf Moos

England: Moving Quickly towards a Coherent Provision

Stephan Huber and Mel West

The Netherlands: Diversity and Choice

Stephan Huber and Jeroen Imants

France: Recruitment and Extensive Training in State Responsibility

Stephan Huber and Denis Meuret

Germany: Courses at the State-Run Teacher Training Institutes

Stephan Huber and Heinz Rosenbusch

Switzerland: Canton-Specific Qualification for

Newly Established Principalships

Stephan Huber and Anton Strittmatter

Austria: Mandatory Training according to State Guidelines

Stephan Huber and Michael Schratz

South Tyrol, Italy: Qualifying for 'Dirigente' at a

Government-Selected Private Provider

Stephan Huber and Michael Schratz


Singapore: Full-Time Preparation for Challenging Times

Stephan Huber and S. Gopinathan

Hong Kong: A Task-Oriented Short Course

Stephan Huber and Huen Yu

Australia/New Zealand

New South Wales, Australia: Development of and for a 'Learning Community'

Stephan Huber and Peter Cuttance

New Zealand: Variety and Competition

Stephan Huber and Jan Robertson

North America

Ontario, Canada: Qualifying School Leaders according to

Standards of the Profession

Stephan Huber and Kenneth Leithwood

Washington, New Jersey, California, USA: Extensive Qualification

Programs and a Long History of School Leader Preparation

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Washington: Working Together to Prepare Leaders

Stephan Huber and Kathy Kimball

New Jersey: A New Paradigm for Preparing School Leaders

Stephan Huber and Michael Chirichello

California: University- and State-Supported Professional Development

Stephan Huber and Janet Chrispeels

Short Summaries of Country Reports: A Juxtaposition

Summary of the Book

Information about Co-Authors

Appendix: Methodology and Methods



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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business