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Digitalization, school leadership, and the new normal: school leaders' perceptions of post-pandemic development in school organizations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (LICT, DIGSUM)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3985-7848
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9557-2164
Örebro Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2024 (English)In: The power of technology in school leadership during COVID-19: insights from the field / [ed] Antonios Kafa; Nikleia Eteokleous, Springer, 2024, p. 169-185Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

School leaders have a crucial role in leading digitalization and school development. However, regarding the pandemic, digital school development comprises many different aspects and includes many different processes for school leaders to consider as the new normal. In this chapter, we analyze how school leaders perceive the development of digital practices, based on their experience from the pandemic. In this study, 300 school leaders were interviewed using a highly structured interview guide. The analysis was conducted using a conceptualization of digital school leadership as their work with four extensive processes, involving setting the direction, developing people, developing the organization, and improving teaching and learning. The study shows that school leaders visioning small steps forward using and facing many different activities ranging from new structures for communication to new digitalized teaching activities aimed to meet students' different individual needs. As such, school leaders' own knowledge and skills, in a variety of areas, are of importance. Reflections on practical implications regarding the complexities school leaders face in leading for digitalization post-COVID-19 as well as opportunities are presented.

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Springer, 2024. p. 169-185
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Studies un Educational Leadership, ISSN 1572-3909, E-ISSN 2543-0130 ; 26
Keywords [en]
school leader, digitalization, covid-19, school organization, school development
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Pedagogy
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education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221688DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-51575-0ISBN: 9783031515743 (print)ISBN: 9783031515750 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-221688DiVA, id: diva2:1841818
Available from: 2024-03-01 Created: 2024-03-01 Last updated: 2024-04-11Bibliographically approved

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