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A Decade of Research on School Principals: Cases from 24 by Helene Ärlestig, Christopher Day, Olof Johansson

By Helene Ärlestig, Christopher Day, Olof Johansson

This ebook presents a special map of the point of interest and instructions of up to date examine on institution management on account that 2000 in 24 nations. each one of those instructions has its personal specific cultural, academic and coverage heritage. Taken jointly, some of the chapters within the quantity supply a wealthy and sundry mosaic of what's at present identified and what's but to be came upon in regards to the roles and practices of principals, and their contributions to the advance of educating and the training and success of scholars. the actual foci and methodological emphases of the study mentioned illustrate the various levels within the improvement of academic regulations and provision in each one state. This assortment is a crucial addition to latest overseas examine that has proven past any moderate doubt that the impression of faculty principals is moment basically to that of academics of their ability to affect scholars’ growth and fulfillment and to advertise fairness and social justice.

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G. WTO, World Trade Organization; OECD, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; GATT, General Agreement on Tariff and Trade; IMF, International Monetary Fund; EU, European Union (especially ‘the Inner Market’ and the ‘Europe 2020’ statement); and the World Bank. 16 L. Moos • Governance has changed: Finances, management and internal direction were decentralised from ministry to municipality to Folkeskole in 1992. Vocational schools became self-governing in 1991, and in 2007 gymnasiums followed in their footsteps.

The leadership functions as they were seen in Phase 2 in the Danish cases: Leading direction. At this time, there is a growing attention to the external demands following the growing national goal setting and accountability demands. The trend of governments tightening the couplings with schools through the use of more detailed and strict social technologies like testing, comparisons, rankings and benchmarking is showing results in that most of the principals are more focused on the effectiveness and ‘back-to-basic’ trends.

Participation in the international comparison systems for schooling results – PIRL (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), TIMMS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) – has been important levers for the development. A Traditional Divide Between Folkeschool and Gymnasium The split between those two school forms can be illustrated with a number of structural and cultural aspects: • Ownership: The gymnasium and vocational education are self-governing organisations that report directly to the Ministry, while day-care centres and primary and lower secondary schools are owned by the municipalities or are autonomous and run by private actors.

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