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Re-centering the Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research

Fundamental, but often forgotten perspectives

  • Analyses fundamental conditions for leadership practice and research

  • Compares situations and reflections across all Nordic education systems

  • Analyses relations between international, transnational and national policies

  • Discusses connections between policy, governance, leadership and education

Part of the book series: Educational Governance Research (EGTU, volume 14)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research

      • Lejf Moos, Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen
      Pages 3-33
  3. Challenges in Policy Context and Reality: Perspectives on Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 35-35
  4. Data-Informed Decision Making in School Leadership

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Local Evaluation Practice as a Mediating Tool

      • Renata Svedlin
      Pages 161-170
  5. Discussion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. Re-centring Critical Potentials of Nordic Leadership Research

      • Lejf Moos, Elisabet Nihlfors, Jan Merok Paulsen
      Pages 233-247

About this book

This volume contributes significantly to the ongoing international and Nordic paradigm shift in educational leadership research. It advocates for going from a contemporary, mainstream functionalist paradigm to a reflexive paradigm, based on educational values and knowledge. The volume is built on the shared basis, that the purpose of education is, and must be, fundamental for school leadership practice. However, that is often forgotten in educational governance and policy. The basis of the argument is, that educational leadership needs to change from focusing on effectiveness and narrowly defined accountability towards focusing on leadership that is contributing to the general education of students. That entails that leadership research need to focus on complex perspectives like context, relations, trust, sense making and social and human values, and less on control, outcomes, accountability and testing. The volume reminds readers about the need to raise awareness of the contexts of education and research, be they political, cultural, economic or ideological. Chapters analyze, discuss and compare research from Nordic educational leadership research systems: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The cross-system insights clarify the fundamental relations between policy/governance and research/practice are and discuss forgotten dependencies and opportunities.


Editors and Affiliations

  • Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Lejf Moos

  • Department of Education, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

    Elisabet Nihlfors

  • Teacher Education, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

    Jan Merok Paulsen

About the editors

Lejf Moos is a Professor Emeritus in education, educational leadership and governance in the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. He has studied education, leadership and governance for a number of years and has also published books and journal articles in Danish and English and edited books and journals.

Elisabet Nihlfors is a Professor in Education with focus on leadership and leads the research unit Research in Educational Leadership (REL) at Uppsala university. Her research includes governance of schools, leadership, policymaking and democracy.

Jan Merok Paulsen is a Professor in educational leadership affiliated to Oslo Metropolitan University in Oslo, Norway. His research interests encompass school governance, school leadership, principal training, and leading schools from the middle line of the school's hierarchy. He has co-edited a series of books and has published a number of articles in scientific journals such as International Journal of Educational Management, Journal of Educational Administration and Leadership & Policy in Schools.

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eBook USD 109.00
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Softcover Book USD 139.99
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Hardcover Book USD 139.99
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