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International survey on educational leadership

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
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The Finnish National Board of Education has subcontracted a wide international survey on the position of educational leaders and education in different countries. The survey was made by Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education of the University of Helsinki. In the survey information on leaderships models and practices were collected from the following countries or regions: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, France (Paris), Scotland, Russia (Saint Petersburg), Canada (Ontario), USA (New York City, Los Angeles), China (Shanghai), South Korea, Australia (state of Victoria) and New Zealand.

The aim was to compare and reflect international practices to Finnish ones and to develop new practices and training models for educational leaders in Finland. The results are published in the NBE´s publication 2012:11 ”Kansainvälinen kartoitus rehtoreiden työstä ja täydennyskoulutuksesta” and its abbreviation 2012:12 ”Kansainvälinen rehtorikartoitus. Kartoitus oppilaitosjohdon työstä ja täydennyskoulutuksesta.”  The abbreviation will also be published both in English and Swedish.

Researchers behind the survey are suggesting for example the following development ideas:

  • new ways of liability distribution and flexible team structures need to be developed
  • leadership resources need to be increased, for example principles should have less teaching hours
  • qualification requirements for principles should be renewed
  • job descriptions and areas of expertise need to be redefined in accordance to the newest research results and systemic vision on operation and productivity of school
  • cooperation between bureaucrats and schools need to be increased in order to increase leadership potential
  • new incentives, continuous education certificates and scientific education need to be developed
  • collaboration between principals and school leaders has to be supported
  • an education portal of principals should be established
  • evaluations of impressiveness of education should be developed
  • mentoring should be one way of education in the future, containing a mentor handbook, mentor training, etc.

More information from this website.  

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.