This book explores school leadership through a cross-cultural comparative lens, drawing on data from 16 countries located on five continents. The book gives a voice to both primary and secondary school principals, who discuss the nature of their work and explain their understanding of school leadership, strategies used to support their leadership, and how they 'do leadership' in a time of unprecedented change. The book highlights a number of important elements in school leadership: that it is personal and internally-motivated; change oriented and entrepreneurial; dependent on the qualities and motivations of school teachers; dependent on environmental factors related to economy, geography, political stability; heavily influenced by policies within and outside the field of education; and dependent on partnerships within and outside education. The book provides an authoritative cross-cultural account of what school leaders regard as school leadership. It will be essential reading for students, researchers and policy-makers in the fields of educational leadership and management, in particular those with an interest in comparative and international research, school leadership, and education policy.
About the Author
Paul Miller is Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also President of the Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership in Jamaica (IEAL-J), a registered educational charity.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. The Global Imperative of Quality School Leadership.- Chapter 2. School Leadership is Personal and Internally Motivated.- Chapter 3. School Leadership is Policy Driven and Mediated.- Chapter 4. School Leadership is Change Oriented.- Chapter 5. School Leadership is Teacher Dependent.- Chapter 6.School Leadership is Enterprising and Entrepreneurial.- Chapter 7.School Leadership is context dependent.- Chapter 8.School Leadership is partnership dependent.- Chapter 9. The Nature of School Leadership
What People are Saying About This
“What a pleasure it is to read a book that discusses leaders and leadership within the context of the human and natural environments that shapes them. Adopting a pragmatic approach, and one thoroughly grounded in research, Paul Miller navigates us through the life and lives that school leaders live across 16 countries. The Nature of School Leadership is an inspiring and indispensable book, one which helps us to appreciate how school leaders conceptualise and support a leadership that can make a difference in the personal and collectives lives of others doing so by taking us through the various themes that impact the practice of leadership wherever they may come from.” (Christopher Bezzina, University of Malta and Uppsala University, Malta and Sweden)
“The Nature of School Leadership represents one of the first efforts to bring together grounded descriptions of school leadership practices from a diverse set of societies. The uniqueness of this book lies in Miller’s sensitivity to describing how the success of leadership practices is linked to the ‘context’ of the schools in which they are enacted. Rather than providing readers with a menu, Miller offers a set of lenses through which leadership practices can be examined and understood. This book will be of interest to both school practitioners and scholars who wish to delve deeper into the ways in which the ‘meaning’ of successful school leadership varies with the context in which it is practiced.” (Philip Hallinger, Mahidol University and the University of Johannesburg, Thailand and South Africa)