Leadership is critical to educational development and specific preparation is vital if leaders are to maximise their effectiveness. In this major new text, Tony Bush draws on his extensive international experience and research to examine the case for leadership development and assess the different modes of preparation used in Europe, including the U.K., North America, Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He also examines research on how leadership impacts on school and student outcomes and considers future directions for leadership and management development in education.This text is essential reading for students of educational leadership and management as well as for policy-makers, headteachers and principals.
Chapter 4: The Curriculum for Leadership Development: Content and Process
The Curriculum for Leadership Development: Content and Process
In the previous chapter, we reviewed the evidence supporting the notion of specialist preparation for school leaders and managers. Just as teachers, doctors, lawyers and pilots, for example, need specific training, this also applies to school principals and other leaders. Appointing school leaders without such preparation is a gamble, and it is inappropriate to gamble when the ‘losers’ would be children or students. If this central case is accepted, the debate shifts to the nature of the development process. What should be the main components of leadership programmes?
Bush and Jackson's (2002) review of school leadership programmes in seven countries on four continents, for the NCSL, led them to conclude that ...