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ERIC Number: EJ1237529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-5968
Finding Alternatives and/or Following Global Trends for School Leaders?: Reflection of Educational Management in Japan
Suematsu, Hiroki; Tsujino, Kemma
Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, v22 n1 p65-73 2018
As difficult situations around educational management increase, related research needs to be reflected upon. In this research, the actual nature of the school management process is examined by questioning "How is a headteacher able to impact and effect the school?" and "What kind of relationships are there among various people who are involved?" using the fieldwork at the R school alliance (consisting of four primary schools and one lower secondary school) since 2013 in Japan. As a result, it is shown that the following phases are needed to be considered--various intentions and people within/outside the school; rotation system as the personnel affairs; careful mutual-understanding with educational administration to overcome the "top-down" approach; and sharp insights into social changes. It implies that even under a uniform system the reality of school management is very diverse, and the possible ways for the corresponding school management are particularly context-dependent. So even the simple technical theories can become harmful. Therefore, dialogue between school leaders and researchers is essential to find alternatives and/or follow global trends while understanding the complexity of school management in relation with the meso/macro contexts such as community conditions and educational policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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