Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools

Understanding Theories of Leading

  • Tony Townsend

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Theoretical Approaches to Leading Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. David Ng Foo Seong
      Pages 15-48
    3. John MacBeath
      Pages 49-73
  3. International Responses to the Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. David Imig, South Holden, Dale Placek
      Pages 105-131
    3. Maria Assunção Flores, Fernando Ilídio Ferreira
      Pages 133-162
  4. Responding to the Theory

  5. Practising School Leadership: Putting the Theories into Practice

  6. Summary and Conclusions: What Do We Now Know About School Leadership?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 423-432

About this book


This book offers a nuanced understanding of how two different theories of leadership can be applied to achieve better results within schools. These leadership theories – Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning – have assisted our recent understanding of school leadership. This book interrogates the theories themselves as well as their impact on education systems around the world. It also looks at how they can be practically applied to educate school leaders within their schools and beyond, building partnerships with families, schools and other community agencies serving students. In doing so, the book considers the possibility that these theories are not opposed, but two sides of the same coin. Both are underpinned by the question ‘how do we provide the best educational experience for students?’. The answer to this question will determine the way leaders go about the task of leading schools. This important book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of educational leadership, as well as educational leaders themselves.


School leadership Learning leadership Head teachers Instructional leadership Leadership for learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Tony Townsend
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith Institute for Educational ResearchGriffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23735-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23736-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-7069
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-7077
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