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Leadership for Change and School Reform : International Perspectives - Kathryn A. Riley

Leadership for Change and School Reform

International Perspectives

By: Kathryn A. Riley (Editor), Karen Seashore Louis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th September 2000
ISBN: 9780415227933
Number Of Pages: 240

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School reform is a top priority for governments today. This timely and challenging book, edited by leading international researchers, Kathryn Riley and Karen Seashore Louis, offers a rich comparative perspective on leadership for change and school reform. Contributors form North America, Europe and Australia demonstrate how school leadership is influenced by global pressures, differing national and state contexts and local concerns. They illustrate the limitations of reform initiatives which focus on school leaders tot he exclusion of the many other organisations which affect school, such as national and local governments, professional associations and school communities. This book raises some important questions such as:
*How can school leaders create intelligent, thinking schools?
*How can leadership and learning be linked together?
*What are the characteristics of effective local education authorities and school districts?
*What is the role of teacher organisations in educational reform and change?
*What happens if businesses, teachers, parents and local communities have different views of what makes a good school?
The text illustrates the ways in which leadership is rooted in learning, and identifies new directions for school leadership. It challenges conventional notions of leadership, offering an expanded view, which sees leadership just as an individual role-based function, but as a network of relationships among people, structures and cultures. This lively and provocative book should be read by all those interested in education reform.

Industry Reviews

'What is the role of leadership in creating "intelligent, thinking schools"? Contributors find a range of answers from a selection of countries.' - Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement

'The synthesis is handled in a convincing way and the book achieves its aims of presenting an expanded view of leadership based on current advances in theory and research.' - School Leadership and Management

Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Perspectives on Leadershipp. 11
Four Dilemmas, Three Heresies and a Matrixp. 13
Referencesp. 29
Learning Through Leadership, Leadership Through Learningp. 30
The Effects of Different Sources of Leadership on Student Engagement in Schoolp. 50
Leadership in the Creation of World-Class Schoolsp. 67
Referencesp. 82
Global and National Perspectives on Leadershipp. 84
The Capacity of Local Systems to Respond to Educational Reform and Change and Rethink Their Local Leadership Rolep. 105
Caught Between Local Education Authoritiesp. 107
Referencesp. 128
Local Leadershipp. 129
Notep. 146
The Leadership Stagep. 149
Bringing Teacher Organisations Back into the Framep. 151
The Role of Unions as Leaders for School Changep. 163
Referencesp. 183
Creating a School Culture from the Ground Upp. 185
Referencesp. 210
Summary Thoughtsp. 211
Leading Towards Improvementp. 213
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415227933
ISBN-10: 0415227933
Series: Educational Change & Development S
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 7th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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