1st Edition

School Leadership in Diverse Contexts

Edited By Simon Clarke, Tom O'Donoghue Copyright 2016
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge


    School Leadership in Diverse Contexts demonstrates the centrality of context to understanding school leadership. It offers varied portrayals of leadership in a diverse range of distinct settings. Each chapter highlights the prominence of context in understanding the realities of school leadership, focusing on issues and influences that school leaders face, strategies school leaders adopt to deal with the complexities of their work, and conceptualisations of school leadership relevant to the context.

    An impressive array of international experts examine this neglected area of research by considering school leadership in nine heterogeneous contexts, providing rich and varied portrayals of school leadership and suggesting ways in which the leadership may be enhanced.

    School Leadership in Diverse Contexts is an ideal book for undergraduate and postgraduate students, particularly those studying units in educational leadership, comparative education and educational policy. Similarly undergraduate and postgraduate students engaged with development studies, history, sociology, law, human geography will be attracted to this text.

    1. The Case for Investigating School Leadership Simon Clarke and Tom O’Donoghue 2. School Leadership and the Need to take Context Seriously Simon Clarke and Tom O’Donoghue 3. Leading Small, Remote Schools: Dealing with Isolation and the Community Karen Star 4. Leading High Poverty, Urban Schools: Dealing with Economic, Emotional and Social Challenges Bruce Barnett 5. Leading Multi Ethnic Schools: Constructing and Nurturing an Inclusive School Culture Jim Ryan 6. Leading Exclusive, Private Schools: Dealing with Complex Governance, Financial Difficulties and the Relentless Pressure to Achieve Ralph Townshend 7. Leading Faith Based Schools: Developing a School Ethos that is Conducive to the Religious Faith Tony Kelly 8. Leading Schools in Circumstances Attributable to Conflict and Trauma Gilbert Karareba, Tom O’Donoghue and Simon Clarke 9. Leading Indigenous Schools: Dealing with Language, Culture, Health, Attendance, Racism, and Family and Peer Relationships Fiona Walton 10. Leading Autonomous, State Schools: Dealing with the Tension between Enhanced Autonomy and Increased Accountability Chris Chapman 11. Leading International Schools: Dealing with Diverse Cultures, Rapid Turnover of Students and Staff and Occasionally Isolation Allan Walker 12. Explanatory Synthesis Simon Clarke and Tom O’Donoghue


    Simon Clarke is Professor and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

    Tom O'Donoghue is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

    "Advocating intentional sensitivity within educational systems to 'situational contexts,' 'professional contexts,' 'material contexts,' and 'external contexts,' all of which encompass schools' history, intake (student/constituent sources), and setting in shaping respondent leadership roles, this text makes a case that education administrators should consider and respect the environmental influences surrounding individual school systems, rather than attempt to force artificial and universal forces of conformity (in the spirit of post-colonialism)." - D. D. Bouchard, CHOICE