A Comparative Study of Profiles and Perspectives on Professional Development of School Leaders in Australia and Sweden

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School principals are the vanguards of stability while being the agents of change. However, there is a high degree of consensus that school leaders hold the key to achieving school effectiveness in the midst of a rapidly changing global environment. This article focuses on the global impact on profiles and perspectives on professional development of school leaders in Australia and Sweden. The article is based on empirical surveys conducted in New South Wales in Australia and Sweden involving 145 and 155 school leaders with 71% and 62% responses from the Australian and Swedish participants respectively. A comparison of the opinions expressed by the two groups of school leaders reveals more similarities than differences. These views and voices of school leaders have strong implications for the developing and redesigning of pre-service and in-service programs for preparing the current and prospective educational leaders for their positions in the modern schools.

Keywords: Australia; Sweden; leadership; professional development; school principals

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7459/es/24.3.05

Affiliations: 1: The University of Newcastle 2: Uppsala University

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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