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Educational Governance Research

Re-centering the Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research

Fundamental, but often forgotten perspectives

Editors: Moos, Lejf, Nihlfors, Elisabet, Paulsen, Jan Merok (Eds.)

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  • 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
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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.


About the authors

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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research

    Pages 3-33

    Moos, Lejf (et al.)

  • Forgetting our Intellectual Histories and the Implications for Educational Professionals

    Pages 37-52

    Gunter, Helen M.

  • Local and Global? Challenging the Social Epistemologies of the Educational Leadership Field

    Pages 53-68

    Storgaard, Merete

  • The Press for Technical Rationality & Dilemmas of Professional Practice: Managing Education in a Pluralistic Institutional Environment

    Pages 71-87

    Spillane, James P. (et al.)

  • Study Environments – A Neglected Leadership Concern

    Pages 89-105

    Larsson, Eric (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Re-centering the Critical Potential of Nordic School Leadership Research
Book Subtitle
Fundamental, but often forgotten perspectives
Editors
  • Lejf Moos
  • Elisabet Nihlfors
  • Jan Merok Paulsen
Series Title
Educational Governance Research
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55027-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55027-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55026-4
Series ISSN
2365-9548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 247
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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