Leadership for learning and the characteristics of instructional practice in primary school in Slovenia Online publication date: Mon, 23-Dec-2019
by Laura Rožman Krivec; Andrej Koren; Milena Ivanuš Grmek; Branka Čagran
International Journal of Management in Education (IJMIE), Vol. 14, No. 2, 2020
Abstract: The paper explores the connection between leadership for learning and the characteristics of instructional practice in primary schools. The introduction presents an overview of research on the characteristics of contemporary instructional practice and leadership for learning. Through a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches, the study employed the methods of teacher survey, headteacher interviews and classroom observation. Its sample included ten primary schools in Slovenia. The results of the study have revealed a high prevalence of leadership for learning in school management practice. The majority of teachers also take notice of their headteachers' leadership for learning and agree about its importance. Furthermore, the study has shown a high prevalence of the characteristics of contemporary instruction in teaching practice. In our case, however, the high degree of teacher agreement on the importance of leadership for learning and the teachers' confirmation of their headteachers' leadership for learning do not significantly correlate with the existing practice of updating instruction. The causes for this are discussed in the final conclusions.
Online publication date: Mon, 23-Dec-2019
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