© 2016

A Decade of Research on School Principals

Cases from 24 Countries

  • Helene Ärlestig
  • Christopher Day
  • Olof Johansson

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Helene Ärlestig, Christopher Day, Olof Johansson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Social Democratic Welfare Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Börkur Hansen
      Pages 39-60
    3. Mika Risku, Seppo Pulkkinen
      Pages 61-75
    4. Jorunn Møller
      Pages 77-101
    5. Helene Ärlestig, Olof Johansson, Elisabet Nihlfors
      Pages 103-122
  4. Former East European Countries with a Fast Transition to Democratic Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Hasso Kukemelk, Jüri Ginter
      Pages 125-135
    3. Dainuvite Bluma, Ineta Daiktere
      Pages 137-160
    4. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak
      Pages 161-184
  5. English Speaking Countries with a Commonwealth Connection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Katina Pollock, David Cameron Hauseman
      Pages 211-244
    3. Christopher Day, Paul Armstrong
      Pages 245-268
    4. Cathy Wylie, Graeme Cosslett, Jacky Burgon
      Pages 269-290
  6. School Systems with a Clear National Administrative and Control Structure

About this book


This book provides a unique map of the focus and directions of contemporary research on school leadership since 2000 in 24 countries. Each of these directions has its own particular cultural, educational and policy history. Taken together, the various chapters in the volume provide a rich and varied mosaic of what is currently known and what is yet to be discovered about the roles and practices of principals, and their contributions to the improvement of teaching and the learning and achievement of students. The particular foci and methodological emphases of the research reported illustrate the different phases in the development of educational policies and provision in each country. This collection is an important addition to existing international research that has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that the influence of school principals is second only to that of teachers in their capacity to impact students’ progress and achievement and to promote equity and social justice.  


analyses of contemporary leadership research basic facts on school systems in 24 countries contemporary research on principals cultural, educational and policy histories educational cultures and policies educational leadership principals' leadership principals' role principals' work school governance school leadership practices and policies school systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Helene Ärlestig
    • 1
  • Christopher Day
    • 2
  • Olof Johansson
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Principal DevelopmentUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Educational Leadership and Management, School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Centre for Principal DevelopmentUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Decade of Research on School Principals
  • Book Subtitle Cases from 24 Countries
  • Editors Helene Ärlestig
    Christopher Day
    Olof Johansson
  • Series Title Studies in Educational Leadership
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Educat.Leadership
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-23026-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34926-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-23027-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 543
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Administration, Organization and Leadership
    Educational Policy and Politics
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