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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 Developing Countries
Preparing and supporting leaders in developing countries

Chapter 5 showed that school leaders face increasing demands and that these cannot be met effectively without initial, ongoing and specific preparation and development. However, these heads lead schools and colleges in what are generally favourable circumstances. Schools are usually well-equipped, teachers are suitably trained, and budgets are invariably adequate or good. A wholly different set of circumstances exists in developing countries. Leaders often work in poorly equipped schools with inadequately trained staff. There is rarely any formal leadership training and principals are appointed on the basis of their teaching record rather than their leadership potential. Induction and support are usually limited and principals have to adopt a pragmatic approach. Learners are ...

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