Exploring the successful school leadership literature in China

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Abstract

This chapter explores the complexity of culture and its impact on school leadership in the context of Mainland China. Using "successful/famous principal/principalship" as key words, the chapter reviews relevant literature published between 2000 and 2014 in core journals in China. This comprehensive review sheds light on these four questions: (1) How is successful school leadership defined? (2) How is successful school leadership practised? (3) How are successful school principals developed in China? And (4) how is successful school principalship shaped by the cultural and societal context in China? The review contributes to leadership and culture scholarship in the following ways. First, it enriches the knowledge base of international school leadership by interrogating the definition and practice of culturally situated leadership. Second, the chapter helps to identify whether successful Chinese principals enact any culture-specific leadership practices. Third, the review depicts the complexity of culture and captures the dynamics of different components of cultural hybridity. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Jane Wilkinson and Laurette Bristol; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational leadership as a culturally-constructed practice: New directions and possibilities
EditorsJane WILKINSON, Laurette BRISTOL
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages95-117
ISBN (Electronic)9781315690308
ISBN (Print)9781138915312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Qian, H., Walker, A., & Li, J. (2018). Exploring the successful school leadership literature in China. In J. Wilkinson & L. Bristol (Eds.), Educational leadership as a culturally-constructed practice: New directions and possibilities (pp. 95-117). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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