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Headteacher as a pedagogical leader: a comparative study of headteachers in Sweden and England
Jönköping University.
2010 (English)In: British Journal of Educational Studies, ISSN 0007-1005, E-ISSN 1467-8527, Vol. 58, no 3, 331-349 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a comparative study, drawing on data obtained from interviews conducted with headteachers, that compares the roles of Swedish and British headteachers as pedagogical leaders. For its analytical framework the study uses the qualitative research approach known as phenomenography and, in the context of the guiding legal documents related to education, examines the study's findings as frame factors and as tight and loosely coupled systems. Based on interviews with the study's subjects (five Swedish and five English headteachers), discernible differences were noted between Swedish and English headteachers in their roles as pedagogical leaders. Both groups are responsible for the administration and management of the school but, compared to the Swedish headteachers, their English counterparts have greater personal responsibility for the school's overall performance and are more focused on providing leadership in teaching and learning. In contrast, the Swedish headteachers had a greater separation of the two roles, with the headteacher taking responsibility for administration and leaving responsibility for teaching and learning to the teachers.

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2010. Vol. 58, no 3, 331-349 p.
Keyword [en]
headteacher, pedagogical leadership, tight and loosely coupled organisations, accountability
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24537DOI: 10.1080/00071001003752229ISI: 000281701500006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857616767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-24537DiVA: diva2:742634
Available from: 2014-09-02 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2016-02-02Bibliographically approved

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