Improving School Leadership, Volume 2

Case Studies on System Leadership

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This book explores what specialists are saying about system leadership for school improvement. Case studies examine innovative approaches to sharing leadership across schools in Belgium (Flanders), Finland and the United Kingdom (England) and leadership development programmes for system improvement in Australia and Austria. As these are emerging practices, the book provides a first international comparison and assessment of the state of the art of system leadership.

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This chapter describes the focus of this publication, explains the methodology of the case study approach and outlines the criteria used to select case studies. The case studies represent innovative approaches that encourage and develop school leaders to work beyond the school borders for the benefit of the school system as a whole. The case study approach is an innovation in the OECD Education and Training Policy Division’s approach to its work. It was chosen because the context and practice of school leadership are undergoing major changes in a short time. To understand the new challenges of leadership and to respond to countries quickly required a different approach than the traditional OECD thematic reviews.

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