Towards the 3rd wave school leadership

Yin Cheong CHENG

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Numerous education reforms have been initiated in different parts of the world over the last two decades. What are the major trends of these reforms and how they are related to the changes in school leadership internationally? In particular, what paradigm shift is evident in school leadership effective in initiating school changes for learning in the context of globalization, economic transformation and international competition? These questions are crucial to the future development of students and society. This paper aims to elaborate the key features, rationales and implications of paradigm shifts in school leadership for learning in contexts of globalization and local developments. The paper also illustrates why a new paradigm of the third-wave leadership will be a major international trend of research, development, and practice of school leadership for new learning in the coming ten years. Copyright © 2011 Revista de Investigacion Educativa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-275
JournalRevista de Investigacion Educativa
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


Cheng, Y. C. (2011). Towards the 3rd wave school leadership. Revista de Investigacion Educativa, 29(2), 253-275.


  • Paradigm shift in education
  • School leadership
  • Education reform
  • New learning
  • School change


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