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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.

Preparing and Supporting Leaders in Developed Countries
Preparing and supporting leaders in developed countries

The purpose of this chapter is to assess the extent and nature of leadership preparation and development in developed economies. These include North America, most of Europe and several Asia Pacific countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some of these countries, notably Canada, Singapore and the USA, were pioneers in the pre-service preparation of school principals while others, including much of Europe, were much slower to develop such programmes.

Many of these countries are among the richest in the world, as defined by gross domestic product (GDP) per head, and resource limitations are not a major constraint as they are in developing countries (see Chapter 7). Decisions about the extent ...

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