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78 | 2015
Les cadres de l’éducation

Managing schools in Europe
Edited by Yves Dutercq and Hélène Buisson-Fenet
Recherche et formation n° 78
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17,3 x 23,5 cm - 130 p.
ISBN 978-2-84788-846-1

As major actors in the current developments, school principals experience both the tensions related to working conditions, the ambiguities of an institution’s limited autonomy, and the overwhelming increase in administrative tasks. At the same time, pressure to apply strategic thinking, along with innovation and leadership has never been so strong. Therefore, how can we analyze the transversal cooperation, the collective work, and the shared responsibility of a school’s managerial staff in France and in Europe? How is it possible to accurately incorporate the establishment within a changing environment from both a social and economic point of view? How can the role of a school’s principal be redefined when faced with regional bodies increasingly implementing educational policies? To what extent does their initial or continuous professional training allow them to build and develop the necessary skills to meet the numerous and sometimes contradictory expectations of the institution and its users? In this issue, these questions are addressed by situating the French case in both a European and broader international context, with contributions from researchers from England, Spain, Portugal, Quebec, and Switzerland.

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