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Successful Nordic School Leadership
Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Principal Development. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway .
2013 (English)In: Transnational Influences on Values and Practices in Nordic Educational Leadership: Is there a Nordic Model? / [ed] Lejf Moos, Amsterdam: Springer Netherlands, 2013, 159-172 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With the starting point in the ‘International Successful School Principal Project’ that looked into how success had been sustained over a 5-year period, we found that the governing structures of schools, the definitions of quality, the methods to measure quality and the criteria of success had changed to a certain degree. On the basis of a set of accountability categories (marketplace, managerial, public, professional and ethical categories), we analyse the cases from Denmark, Norway and Sweden and compare them with cases from UK, US and other Anglo-American educational systems.

In this analysis we look for similarities and differences between school leadership in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. We find strong indication of a Nordic idea of democracy and democratic schooling. We see an ongoing struggle between local and national governance with more weight on local (municipality and schools) than on state governance.

When we compare this Nordic image with analyses of the Anglo-American cases, we see that in high-stakes educational systems, school principals tend to use more direct power/influences, while the Nordic make more use of negotiations and reciprocal influences.

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Amsterdam: Springer Netherlands, 2013. 159-172 p.
, Studies in Educational Leadership, 19
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67772DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6226-8_10ISBN: 978-94-007-6225-1 PrintISBN: 978-94-007-6226-8 OnlineOAI: diva2:614013
Available from: 2013-04-03 Created: 2013-04-03 Last updated: 2014-01-14Bibliographically approved

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