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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.

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Introduction

In the previous chapter, we reviewed the provision for leadership development in many developed countries in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific. There is considerable diversity in the scale, nature and impact of the various models in use in these countries. We can assume that the pattern adopted in each nation reflects its collective sense of what is appropriate to underpin the quality of education in the twenty-first century. In evaluating these diverse approaches, we should acknowledge the vital importance of culture and context in shaping education, leadership and leadership development in each country. As the late Ray Bolam (2004: 251) explained, judgements cannot be made without an understanding of the history leading ...

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