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The Nature of School Leadership: Global Practice Perspectives

24 May 2017

The Nature of School Leadership: Global Practice Perspectives

Prof. Paul Miller

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

5:00 - 6:00 PM

The British University in Dubai


School leadership is an important area of study within the field of educational leadership, administration & management. Principals, Headteachers, or whichever label is applied to them, are an important element in the success and/or failure of individuals, families, communities and nations. Yet, very little is known or have been researched about what principals actually think about or how they view school leadership.  The presentation proposes an answer to the question, “What is school leadership?” from the perspective of school principals. The data  itself is derived from a larger study on “The Nature of School Leadership” which forms the basis for the book, The Nature of School Leadership: Global Practice Perspectives (Miller, 2017, forthcoming). Respondents are 64 primary and secondary school principals located in 15 countries across five continents.  The design of the study satisfies the following criteria: 

  • Participants must be located on at least two continents
  • At least one developing country must be included in the study   
  • The methods/ tools for data collection must be the same for all participants.

The seven main findings of the study are that, school leadership is: Personal & Internally Motivated; Policy Driven and Mediated; Change Oriented; Teacher Dependent; Enterprising and Entrepreneurial; Contextual; and Partnership Dependent.  

Speaker profile:

Paul Miller, PhD, is Professor of Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education & Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and the first black academic to be appointed to a Professorship in Educational Leadership & Management at a British university.

He is President of the Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership- Jamaica (IEAL-J); a member of the Board of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM); a member of Council of the British Educational Leadership Administration Society (BELMAS); and a member of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Technical Working Group on Educational Leadership & Teaching Innovation. He is also Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

Paul is co-convenor of the BELMAS Race & Educational Leadership RIG; co-editor of Power & Education (P&E); and Associate Editor for Educational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL) and International Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA).

His research interests and expertise include: researching leadership cross-culturally, race and educational leadership, teacher migration & identity, teacher progression and how school leaders “do” leadership. He is author/ editor of over 60 publications including, School Leadership in the Caribbean: perceptions, practices, paradigms (2013); Exploring School Leadership in England and the Caribbean: New Insights from a Comparative Approach (author, 2016) and Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives (2017). 


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