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The role of school leadership on student achievement

Funded under: FP7-SSH

Abstract

Leadership, and especially head-teachers' leadership, has been object of study since the late '60s, but the concept of leadership is neither unanimously defined, nor a consensus has been yet reached on its actual role and actual relevance within the school environment (Fullan, 2001; Sergiovanni, 2001; Harris, 2005). Good leadership can certainly contribute to school improvement by abetting the motivation, participation, and coordination of the teachers; recent studies have widened the range of action of school leadership research to the various organizational levels: school managers, department heads, coordinators, teachers (Goldhaber, 2002; Harris, 2004), and distributed leadership that could yield a higher impact on student achievement than what yet shown (Spillane et al., 2001, 2004). This dissertation takes its moves within the strand of research that identifies a significant role of leadership for student achievement (e.g. Edmonds, 1979; Cheng, 2002; Marzano, 2003) and tries to understand whether there are patterns of behavior of head-teachers that yield better results than others with respect to facilitating the student learning process and whether such patterns are consistent or replicable across countries.

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Authors: GATELLI D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);GRASSETTI L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);VIDONI D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);BEZZINA C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23072 EN (2007), 152 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23072 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23072-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN 978-92-79-08111-8
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