The Recruitment and Selection of School Leaders

Authored by: Stephan Gerhard Huber , Petros Pashiardis

International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  May  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415988476
eBook ISBN: 9780203872239
Adobe ISBN: 9781135277017

10.4324/9780203872239.ch10

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Abstract

The pivotal role of the school leader as a factor in effective schools has been corroborated by findings of school effectiveness research over the last two decades. School improvement researchers have also demonstrated increasing recognition of the importance of school leaders for all stages of the school improvement process. The school leader is most often cited as the key figure in the individual school’s development, either blocking or promoting change, acting as the internal change agent, overseeing the processes of growth and renewal. The school leader’s role has to be seen in relationship to the broad cultural and educational contexts in which the school is operating.

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