How School Principals Sustain Success over Time

International Perspectives

  • Lejf Moos
  • Olof Johansson
  • Christopher Day

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lejf Moos, Christopher Day, Olof Johansson
    Pages 1-13
  3. Lawrie Drysdale, Helen Goode, David Gurr
    Pages 15-37
  4. Lejf Moos, Klaus Kasper Kofod
    Pages 39-54
  5. Jorunn Møller, Gunn Vedøy, Anne Marie Presthus, Guri Skedsmo
    Pages 55-71
  6. Jonas Höög, Olof Johansson, Anders Olofsson
    Pages 73-89
  7. Stephen L. Jacobson, Lauri Johnson, Rose Ylimaki
    Pages 109-125
  8. Rose Ylimaki, David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale
    Pages 151-166
  9. David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale, Rose Ylimaki, Stephen L. Jacobson
    Pages 183-197
  10. Lejf Moos, Guri Skedsmo, Jonas Höög, Anders Olofsson, Lauri Johnson
    Pages 199-222
  11. Lejf Moos, Olof Johansson, Christopher Day
    Pages 223-230
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 231-241

About this book


This pioneering account of a longitudinal study – the International Successful School Principal Project (ISSPP) - of successful school principals over five years in Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England and the USA will be required reading for educationalists. It contains fresh insights that take our understanding of successful school to a new level.

This book is a pioneering effort that offers a richer understanding of how leadership contributes to school success across different national contexts. The book provides a balanced, data-driven approach that seeks to identify thematic similarities even as it honours variations in leadership practices that are linked to specific societies.
Philip Hallinger, Professor, Hong Kong Institute of Education

This book moves the educational leadership field forward on three important fronts: it provides a rare, longitudinal, picture of leadership and change in a large number of schools; it unearths some of the key leader – related factors that explain a school’s ability to sustain improvements over long periods of time and; it constitutes one of the very few international, comparative, cross-cultural data sets available about school leadership.
Kenneth Leithwood , Professor OISE, University of Toronto

'Standards and testing are a fact of life'. Or are they? It requires exceptional leaders to 'fly below the political radar'. It requires a strong grasp of moral purpose for leaders to reinterpret improvement and accountability. It requires courage and conviction to challenge conventional wisdom and to steer a course grounded in enduring educational principles. The great strength of this book is its international reach, powerfully illustrating how different cultural traditions and differing forms of leadership are responding to pervasive, and often insidious, global pressures.
John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

The chapters in this book provide much needed longitudinal accounts of leadership in schools and they do so by attending to similarities and differences across countries. Such cross national accounts offer great promise in generating new knowledge about school leadership and management.
James P. Spillane, Professor, Northwestern University


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lejf Moos
    • 1
  • Olof Johansson
    • 2
  • Christopher Day
    • 3
  1. 1., Danish School of EducationUniversity of AarhusCopenhagen NVDenmark
  2. 2., Centre for Principal DevelopmentUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3., School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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