26 SES 04 A, Educational Governance, Leadership Practices and Student Achievements -The ELSA –Project
Purposes and objectives
The project aims to examine and compare the influence of educational leadership practices upon school culture, teaching activities, and student learning and achievement, both within each country and between Norway, Sweden and Finland. The educational leadership practices are interpreted in their contextual embeddedness regarding community relations, policy interests and governance structures across the three countries. The present project has three primary objectives.
- To understand how high- and low-performing schools differ with respect to principals’ leadership, teachers’ activities and patterns of cooperation as well as mediating roles.
- To explore how district-level leadership interacts with school principals’ leadership in interpreting and translating national policy and evaluations in order to be able to raise standards and quality of practice.
- To identify the enabling and constraining factors in the schools’ efforts of raising standards and closing the achievement gaps.
The project also has two secondary objectives:
- To develop knowledge about how leadership can improve educational practices and student learning, with implications for principals’ and teachers’ professional development.
- To disseminate the knowledge gained from the project to the research community, policy makers, educators and parents.
The empirical data will be gathered from eight (8) lower secondary schools, (students between14 – 16 of age), in each country. This will add up to 24 schools in three Nordic countries. In addition, we will collect data from key actors in the municipalities, in which the schools are located. Findings from the study should be used to improve school leadership at different levels. At the ECER conference we will report on the first case studies that will be conducted spring 2014.
The papers in this symposium are all part of a Nordic Group (N-ISSPP) within the ISSPP, the International Successful School Principalship Project
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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