Connecting school leadership with teaching, learning and parenting in diverse cultural contexts: Western and Asian perspectives

Dimmock, C. and Walker, A. (2002) Connecting school leadership with teaching, learning and parenting in diverse cultural contexts: Western and Asian perspectives. In: Leithwood, K. and Hallinger, P. (eds.) Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration. Series: Kluwer international handbooks of education, 1 (8). Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 395-426. ISBN 9781402006906

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Abstract

This chapter addresses school leadership from two perspectives, both of which provide a context to the process. The first connects leadership with the core work of schools, namely, teaching and learning, and contextualizes schooling within its socio-cultural environment. The second draws international comparisons and contrasts between these networks in selected Western and Asian communities with the purpose of illustrating cross-cultural differences. Two important themes underpin the argument presented. The first is that leadership is best thought of — not as a separate or discrete set of processes — but in relation to the myriad activities that take place in school communities. Leadership, above all, is interactive and interdependent. The second is that much of the existing body of knowledge on school leadership is based on Anglo-American ideas and empiricism. Consequently, relatively little is known about school leadership elsewhere in the world. This second theme centers on leadership being an essentially social and cultural process.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimmock, Professor Clive
Authors: Dimmock, C., and Walker, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Publisher:Kluwer Academic
ISBN:9781402006906
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