1st Edition

School Leadership in Malaysia Policy, Research and Practice

Edited By Tony Bush Copyright 2022
    212 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new book provides a comprehensive overview of school leadership in Malaysia, at a time when effective leadership is widely recognised to be an essential component of successful schools. It is also timely because leadership is regarded as a vital element in the Government’s ambitious educational reform agenda.

    The book is edited by a world leader in this field and includes contributors with deeply embedded understanding of the Malaysian schools’ context, based on engagement with policy, practice and research. The book addresses major aspects of school leadership, including instructional and distributed leadership, the role of the principal, the work of senior and middle leaders, professional learning communities, leadership and student outcomes, and leadership preparation.

    This book is essential reading for postgraduate students and researchers interested in educational leadership and management, and school reform, in an Asian context. It is also recommended for school leaders wishing to engage with policy, practice and research.

    1. School Leadership and Policy Reform: Global and Malaysian Perspectives
    Tony Bush
    2. Contextual Awareness and Sensemaking among Malaysian School Principals: From Leaders to Leadership
    Mohammad Noman
    3. Internal and External Support for Malaysian Principals
    Lokman Mohd Tahir, Mohammed Borhandden Musah and Mohd Fadzli Ali
    4. International School Principals in Malaysia: Local and Global Factors Impacting on Leadership
    Lucy Bailey and Mark T. Gibson
    5. Constructing the Concept of High Performing School Leadership: A Malaysian Perspective
    Shahrizal Norwawi
    6. Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices: Ideals and Realities
    Donnie Adams et al.
    7. Middle Leadership: The Head of Department’s Instructional Leadership Role
    Simin Ghavifekr
    8. Distributed Leadership in a Centralised Context: The Case of Malaysia
    Tony Bush and Ashley Yoon Mooi Ng
    9. School-based Leadership and Professional Learning Communities in Malaysia
    Henry Koge
    10. Principal Preparation and Development: A Malaysian Perspective
    Ashley Yoon Mooi Ng
    11. Leadership and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Malaysia
    Josephine Chay
    12. Conclusion: School Leadership in Malaysia: Past, Present and Future
    Tony Bush


    Tony Bush is Professor of Educational Leadership at Nottingham, with responsibilities in the UK and Malaysia. He is President and a Council member of the British Educational Leadership Society (BELMAS) and has been the editor of the SSCI-listed international journal, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership (EMAL) since 2002. His previous experience includes professorial appointments at the universities of Leicester, Reading, Lincoln and Warwick. He was presented with the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and appointed as a Fellow of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) in the same year. He has been a consultant, external examiner, invited keynote speaker or research director in 23 countries.