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The Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership

Duncan Waite (Editor), Ira Bogotch (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-95668-7
512 pages
April 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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A provocative and authoritative compendium of writings on leadership in education from distinguished scholar-educators worldwide.

What is educational leadership? What are some of the trends, questions, and social forces most relevant to the current state of education? What are the possible futures of education, and what can educational leadership contribute to these futures?  To address these questions, and more, editors Duncan Waite and Ira Bogotch asked distinguished international thought leaders on education to share their insights, observations, and research findings on the nature of education and educational leadership in the global village.

The Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership brings together contributions from authors in twenty-one countries, spanning six continents. Topics examined include leadership and aesthetics, creativity, eco‐justice, advocacy, Big Data and technology, neoliberalism, emerging philosophies and theories, critical democracy, gender and radical feminism, political economies, emotions, postcolonialism, and new directions in higher education.

A must-read for teachers, researchers, scholars, and policy makers, this Handbook:

  • Champions radical pluralism over consensus and pseudoscientific or political solutions to problems in education
  • Embraces social, economic, and political relevance alongside the traditions of careful and systematic rigor
  • Challenges traditional epistemological, cultural, and methodological concepts of education and educational leadership
  • Explores the field’s historical antecedents and ways in which leadership can transcend the narrow disciplinary and bureaucratic constraints imposed by current research designs and methods
  • Advances radically new possibilities for remaking educational leadership research and educational institutions 
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Bogotch and D. Waite

1. Educational Leadership for What?- An Educational Examination
Gert Biesta

2. The Question of Creativity for the Field of Educational Leadership
Susan Field Waite and Kirsten Robbins

3. Educational Leadership and the Emotion
Gabriele Lakomski and Colin Evers

4. Leading with Consistency:  How the ends don’t always justify the means (and vice versa)
Andy Hargreaves and Rebecca Lowenhaupt

5. Rethinking Gender and Socially-Just Leadership in the Context(s) of Global Edu-Capitalism
Jill Blackmore

6. Politics, Activism and Leadership for Social Justice in Education
James Ryan and Katie Higginbottom

7. From "Data Driven" to "Democracy Driven" Educational Leadership: Navigating New Technology in the Post Fordist Era
Kenneth J. Saltman and Alexander J. Means

8. Educational Leadership and Environmental Justice in a Climate-Challenged World
John Hardman

9. Resisting and Reclaiming the Global Discourse of Leadership: From Entrepreneurial to Advocacy Leadership
Gary Anderson and Andrea Lopez Barraza

10. The Political Economy of Leadership
Peter Gronn, Sonia Illie, and Anna Vignoles

11. Freedom to What Ends – School Autonomy in Neoliberal Times
Richard Niesche and Pat Thomson

12. Higher Education Leadership in Universities, Colleges, and Technical Schools Around the World
Edward P. St. John, Cliona Hannon, and Wang Chen

13. Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Sally Zepeda, Oksana Parylo and Hans Klar

14. Leading Schools Down Under: Where are the Real Decisions Made?
Tony Townsend, Cathy Wylie, and Jane Wilkinson

15. Administrative Matters for African Educational Leaders:  Illustrative from Women Secondary School Administrators in Tanzania and Ghana
Beverly Lindsay, Susanna Kofie, and Joyce Mbepera

16. Privatising Leadership in Education in England:  The multiple meanings of school principal agency
Steven Courtney and Helen M. Gunter

17. From Welfarism to Neoliberalism:  Conceptualising the Diversity of Leadership Models in Europe
David Hall, Jorunn, Moller, Michael Schratz, andRoberto Serpieri

18. The Importance of Leaders’ Discursive Positioning in Neo-colonial Education Reform Aimed at Closing the Disparities for Indigenous Peoples
Mere Berryman and Dawn Lawrence

19. The Characteristics of Educational Leadership in the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis of Three Nation-States
Khalid Arar, Selahattin Turan, Maysaa Barakat, and Izhar Oplatka

20. Asian Geographies of Educational Leadership
Darren Bryant, Allan Walker, and Qian Haiyan

21. Managing to Lead? Contemporary Perspectives on Principals’ Practices in Russia
Alma Harris, Anatoly Kasprzhak, Michelle Suzette Jones, and Natalia Isaeva

22. Advances and challenges of educational leadership in Latin America
Joaquín Gairín Sallán, Rosa María Tafur Puente, and María Inés Vázquez Clavera

23. Contexts of Canadian Educational Leadership
Robert E. White and Karyn Cooper

24. U.S. Contexts of/for Educational Leadership
Peter Demerath and Karen Seashore Louis

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Author Information

Duncan Waite, PhD is a professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program and the School Improvement Doctoral Program at Texas State University, USA. He is also editor and founder of the International Journal of Leadership in Education.

Ira Bogotch, PhD is a professor of educational leadership and research methodology and Coordinator of the School Leadership Program at Florida Atlantic University, USA. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Griffith University Institute for Educational Research, Australia. 

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