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Publication date: 1 May 2013

Sarah W. Nelson and Charles L. Slater

This introductory chapter provides background information and an organizational structure for the book. The authors begin with a brief history of the research project that…

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This introductory chapter provides background information and an organizational structure for the book. The authors begin with a brief history of the research project that undergirds the work presented in each chapter. Drawing from the fields of enology and viticulture, the authors introduce the concepts of terroir, millerandage, and appellations as section headings that help to frame brief descriptions of each chapter. The authors conclude with an invitation for the reader to engage with the authors in a discussion about the contents of the book.

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Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-679-8

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Publication date: 1 May 2013

Donald E. Scott, Shelleyann Scott, Kathryn Dixon, Janet Mola Okoko and Robert Dixon

This chapter presents a cross-cultural comparison across the Commonwealth, namely, Australia, Canada, and Kenya. The three cases explore these indigenous principals…

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This chapter presents a cross-cultural comparison across the Commonwealth, namely, Australia, Canada, and Kenya. The three cases explore these indigenous principals’ perceptions of leadership development and how effectively these experiences prepared them to meet the challenges within their complex school communities. The chapter presents a discussion of the historical educational legacies of imperial rule, leadership preparation opportunities that were available to aspiring and novice leaders, the challenges the principals encountered in their leadership role in the school and within their communities, and these leaders’ beliefs and attitudes toward leadership. A final synthesis is presented, which identifies a number of commonalities in leadership approaches across these very different cultural contexts: the school communities were endeavoring to rediscover their cultural history, heritage, and beliefs and were frequently developing positive relationships with elders and others who held, and were willing to pass on, the historical and cultural knowledge and expertise. The leaders themselves held strong beliefs about the importance of cultural identity in order to forge new and contemporary pathways to success for their students. They all had a heightened ethic of care ethos that extended beyond the confines of the school building and office hours. These leaders adopted entrepreneurial leadership approaches to think and act innovatively rather than simply managing schools and were dedicated to promoting educational success for all students within their care. Leadership development implications included the need for formal, informal, and experiential experiences, as well as, for the inclusion of specific knowledge and skills that would enable leaders to effectively and sensitively lead within predominantly indigenous school communities.

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Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-679-8

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Publication date: 16 March 2017

Linda Dudar, Shelleyann Scott and Donald E. Scott

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Publication date: 1 May 2013

Shelleyann Scott and Donald E. Scott

Drawing upon findings from the International Study of Principal Preparation and scholarly literature this chapter presents an analysis of predominant principal preparation…

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Drawing upon findings from the International Study of Principal Preparation and scholarly literature this chapter presents an analysis of predominant principal preparation experiences. Formal, informal, and experiential leadership development opportunities are identified and discussed in relation to their advantages and disadvantages in preparing novice and aspiring school leaders to take up their exacting roles in 21st century schooling environments. We conclude by advocating for a range of preparation experiences that are continued throughout leaders' careers and for authorities to consider measuring the effectiveness of these programs to ensure maximum impact for the expense expended.

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Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-679-8

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Publication date: 16 March 2017

Linda Dudar, Shelleyann Scott and Donald E. Scott

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Publication date: 16 March 2017

Linda Dudar, Shelleyann Scott and Donald E. Scott

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Accelerating Change in Schools: Leading Rapid, Successful, and Complex Change Initiatives
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-502-7

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Publication date: 1 May 2013

Charles F. Webber and Shelleyann Scott

This chapter describes the assumptions underpinning the International Study of Principal Preparation. It outlines how cultural reference points for leadership have…

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This chapter describes the assumptions underpinning the International Study of Principal Preparation. It outlines how cultural reference points for leadership have changed. It explores the changing conceptualization of contemporary leadership, highlights the new economic dimensions of leading, and discusses the changing face of educational personnel. It notes that educational leaders must utilize knowledge of how technology has altered how we perceive the world, live our lives, relate to others, and practice our profession. It highlights the complexities for leaders who must thrive in a milieu characterized by a desire to preserve a civil society, balance student–professional–union–community needs, develop cultural literacies for learners, and respond to accountability demands. Other complexities include the multiple allegiances of leaders, conflicting loyalties of community members, varying levels of digital awareness, and the need for interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences. The chapter closes with a set of principles and considerations for leadership development.

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Understanding the Principalship: An International Guide to Principal Preparation
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-679-8

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