Chapter 24: Leadership in education: perspectives in German-speaking cultures
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In German-speaking countries, educational leadership is a relatively young field that has nevertheless become an integral part of the discourse on effective schools. The understanding of educational leadership is influenced by cultural norms and structural limitations that place an emphasis on consensus-building and dialogue over more pronounced forms of leadership and management. Over the past three decades, the field has grown significantly in terms of research and attention. This chapter aims to provide a brief overview of the conceptualisation of educational leadership in German-speaking cultures and a glimpse into current matters surrounding educational leadership in theory, practice, and research. First, we offer a brief definition of educational leadership before retracing the evolution of educational leadership as a concept in academia and as a practice in German-speaking cultures. This leads to a discussion regarding challenges and possible new directions in practice and research.

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