Taylor & Francis
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.
Terms and Abbreviations
Lists of Figures and Tables
I. Context of Research
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
1. Provider: Monopoly or Market, Centralised or Decentralised
Planning and Implementation of Programs
2. Target Group, Timing, Nature of Participation, and Professional Validity:
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
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
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
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
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
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