Title: Educational leadership for the national curriculum implementation: the case of Kosovo

Authors: Osman Buleshkaj; Andrej Koren

Addresses: University "Ukshin Hoti" Prizren, Kosovo ' International School for Social and Business studies, Celje, Slovenia

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore leadership practice regarding curriculum implementation in ten Kosovo schools and to outline the main strategies devised for enhancing school-based activities. Practical approaches used for leading school-based curriculum implementation were investigated, and efforts of educational leaders in envisioning and leading the curriculum implementation in Kosovo schools were highlighted. Furthermore, different concepts of successful curriculum implementation from the perspective of participants were examined; six main themes were identified and discussed; a case study methodology was conducted involving school principals, teachers, curriculum coordinators, municipal education officials, and Ministry of Education officials; and three methods of data collection were applied via interviews, focus group discussions, and document analyses. Finally, we explored the participants' various perceptions of reality regarding the leadership role in supporting national curriculum implementation in pilot schools in Kosovo.

Keywords: leadership; change; curriculum implementation; policy; education; Kosovo.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2022.10046070

International Journal of Management in Education, 2022 Vol.16 No.3, pp.259 - 275

Received: 14 Jan 2021
Accepted: 01 Jun 2021

Published online: 04 May 2022 *

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