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ERIC Number: EJ1084212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
School Leadership for the Future: Heroic or Distributed? Translating International Discourses in Norwegian Policy Documents
Abrahamsen, Hedvig; Aas, Marit
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v48 n1 p68-88 2016
School leadership as a key for school reforms has become a dominant theme in education, as demonstrated by a growing body of research during the last 15 years. Still, little attention has been paid to how changing international discourses on school leadership are translated into national public policy documents during the last decade. As such, this study provides additional insight into this field by analysing how Norwegian policy documents translate international discourses and re-contextualise national constructs of school leadership. Inspired by a critical approach, the authors address this issue by identifying discursive shifts in ideas about school leadership roles and practices. Based on an examination of four recent white papers on Norwegian education and school leadership, the authors argue that the policy documents constructed a tension between an international "explicit" principal and a national "docile" principal in 2003-2004, while recent documents construct a consensus-oriented, distributed leadership role for principals through the term "facilitating school leaders". This may lead to contested interpretations as to how to perform school leadership in practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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