Instructional leadership in a centralized and competitive educational system: A qualitative meta-synthesis of research from Turkey

Sedat GUMUS, Philip HALLINGER, Ramazan CANSOY, Mehmet Şükrü BELLIBAŞ

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Abstract

Purpose: This study sought to provide an understanding of what a culturally contextualized model of instructional leadership looks like in Turkey, and how this differs from models disseminated in the USA.

Design/methodology/approach: This study employed qualitative meta-synthesis to systematically review the full set of 22 qualitative studies of instructional leadership in Turkey. A systematic synthesis strategy was applied to code the findings from each study to develop broad themes that describe key domains of principal instructional leadership practice. 

Findings: The results showed that instructional leadership of school principals in Turkey is composed of four main dimensions and ten subdimensions. The main dimensions include: (1) emphasis on national goals and competition, (2) maintaining the learning environment, (3) motivating and enabling teachers, and (4) monitoring program alignment and test results. 

Research limitations/implications: While broad dimensions of instructional leadership described in the international literature are relevant in Turkey, some practices used to enact those dimensions appear poorly aligned with the institutional–cultural context of Turkish schools. Thus, findings from this study support the assertion that the specific practices used to measure, assess and practice instructional leadership must be adapted to the context of a specific society. 

Originality/value: This paper contributes to international efforts to develop a globally validated knowledge base in educational leadership and management. Copyright © 2021 Emerald Publishing Limited.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Educational Administration
Early online dateAug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2021

Citation

Gümüş, S., Hallinger, P., Cansoy, R., & Bellibaş, M. Ş. (2021). Instructional leadership in a centralized and competitive educational system: A qualitative meta-synthesis of research from Turkey. Journal of Educational Administration. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/JEA-04-2021-0073

Keywords

  • Culturally-relevant leadership
  • Instructional leadership
  • Meta-synthesis
  • Turkey

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