PANEL DISCUSSION 15: The International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP): Comparison across country case studies

Year: 2005

Author: Gurr, David, Drysdale, Lawrie

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The ISSPP is an eight country three-phase study. Multiple perspective case studies have been completed, with national surveys and observational case studies to follow. This panel discussion centres around papers which have been prepared for a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration (JEA); a paper summarising ideas from these papers will be made available to participants. This discussion provides an opportunity to hear the evidence from several of the countries and to do what Leithwood suggests in a synthesis article in the special issue of JEA, and that is 'for individual researchers in the international project to take greater account of evidence and ideas from the work of their colleagues in other countries.' Following closely Leithwood's synthesis of the case studies, themes that will be discussed include:

1. common features of leadership across the countries
2. contextual differences
3. internal and external antecedents affecting successful leadership
4. variables mediating successful leadership effects
5. potential moderators of successful leadership.

The discussion will be conducted by Dr Lawrie Drysdale and Dr David Gurr, with ample time for questions and dialogue concerning the research.