Deciphering Chinese school leadership: Conceptualizations, context and complexities.

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With existing educational leadership models and theories being predominantly western influenced, this book aims to provide more insight into school leadership in China. It pioneers building research- and practice-informed knowledge and unravels the complexities that characterize the scholarship, context and practices of school leadership. School leadership in China is presented through four sub-purposes: investigating how Chinese school leadership is conceptualized in the international and Chinese literature; exploring the shifting context within which Chinese school leaders enact their leadership, and examining key policies that have shaped the practice of leader development; extending the understandings about the complexities of work lives of Chinese school leaders; and further locating indigenous understandings of Chinese school leadership in the political and socio-cultural context of contemporary China, and the theoretical and conceptual context of international school leadership. This text will be particularly useful to international education researchers with focus on educational leadership, comparative education, education policy and education in China. Copyright © 2018 Allan Walker and Haiyan Qian.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781315665375, 9781317351924, 9781317351917
ISBN (Print)9781138957046
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Walker, A., & Qian, H. (2018). Deciphering Chinese school leadership: Conceptualizations, context and complexities. London: Routledge.


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