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ERIC Number: EJ1097359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Successful School Leadership: Case Studies of Four Singapore Primary Schools
Wang, Loke Heng; Gurr, David; Drysdale, Lawrie
Journal of Educational Administration, v54 n3 p270-287 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics and practices of principals in four successful Singapore primary schools. Design/Methodology/Approach: Multiple perspective case studies were used which included semi-structured interviews with the principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents and school board members in each school. Findings: The principals were found to have contributed significantly to the success of their schools. Their leadership was underpinned by their personal qualities, beliefs and values, which guided their practices. The four principals were highly successful in improving school capacity through redesigning school structures, particularly those that facilitate improvement in the work of teachers. They enhanced the professional capacity of the teaching and non-teaching staff through professional development programmes and the development of future leaders. The principals also established meaningful partnerships with stakeholders inside and outside the school community. Each of the principals described how their leadership was built upon the legacy of previous principals at their schools. Originality/Value: As part of a larger project, the International Successful School Principalship Project, this research adds an important Asian context to the literature on successful school leadership. A 6E model--educate, envision, energise, engage, enable and embrace--was developed to describe how principals led their schools to achieve educational excellence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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