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School leadership theories and the Malaysia education blueprint: findings from a systematic literature review (2018)
Journal Article
Bush, T., Ng, A. Y. M., Abdul Hamid, S., & Kaparou, M. (2018). School leadership theories and the Malaysia education blueprint: findings from a systematic literature review. International Journal of Educational Management, 32(7), 1245-1265. doi:10.1108/IJEM-06-2017-0158

Purpose This paper provides a systematic review of the Malaysian literature on three prominent leadership models (instructional, distributed and transformational), linked to a major educational reform initiative captured in the Ministry of Educati... Read More

Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile (2018)
Journal Article
Montecinos, C., Bush, T., & Aravena, F. (2018). Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile. International Journal of Educational Development, 62, doi:10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.04.004

This article identifies the main problems experienced by two groups of Chilean school principals in a succession process. Problems reported by novice public school principals (n=94) were compared to those reported by their more experienced peers (n=... Read More

Framing the roles and responsibilities of excellent teachers: evidence from Malaysia (2018)
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Tengku Ariffin, T. F., Bush, T., & Nordin, H. (2018). Framing the roles and responsibilities of excellent teachers: evidence from Malaysia. Teaching and Teacher Education, 73, (14-23). doi:10.1016/j.tate.2018.03.005. ISSN 0742-051X

This paper is based on a study of the role and responsibilities of excellent teachers, as described by the teachers themselves and their role sets (Merton 1957). The data collected via the semi-structured interviews with the teachers were triangulat... Read More

Preparation and induction for school principals: global perspectives (2018)
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Bush, T. (in press). Preparation and induction for school principals: global perspectives. Management in Education, 32(2), doi:10.1177/0892020618761805. ISSN 0892-0206

This article will examine different international approaches to leadership preparation and induction, linked to concepts of socialization and identity. Although leadership is widely understood to be the second most important factor influencing studen... Read More

Middle leadership in international schools: evidence from Malaysia (2017)
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Javadi, V., Bush, T., & Ng, A. (in press). Middle leadership in international schools: evidence from Malaysia. School Leadership and Management, 37(5), doi:10.1080/13632434.2017.1366439. ISSN 1363-2434

This paper examines middle leadership of the heads of English, maths and science departments in four international secondary schools in Malaysia. It focuses on their roles, responsibilities, role relationships, instructional engagement and leadership... Read More

Women primary school principals in Cyprus: barriers and facilitators to progression (2017)
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Karamanidou, M., & Bush, T. (2017). Women primary school principals in Cyprus: barriers and facilitators to progression. ISSN 1324-1702

This paper examines the career progress of female principals in Cypriot primary schools in accessing leadership. It reports part of a mixed methods study focused on the extent to which women primary school principals in Cyprus face barriers during th... Read More

School leadership in West Africa: findings from a systematic literature review (2016)
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Bush, T., & Glover, D. (in press). School leadership in West Africa: findings from a systematic literature review. Africa Education Review, 13(3-4), (80-103). ISSN 1814-6627

The literature shows that leadership is the second most important factor influencing school and learner outcomes, including levels of literacy and numeracy, school leaving examination results, and progression to secondary and higher education. This p... Read More

Master teachers as teacher leaders: evidence from Malaysia and the Philippines (2016)
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Bush, T., Glover, D., Ng, A. Y. M., & Romero, M. (in press). Master teachers as teacher leaders: evidence from Malaysia and the Philippines. ISSN 1839-2768

The career paths of teachers in most countries lead to talented practitioners progressively reducing their classroom work to take on leadership and management responsibilities culminating in headship. Some education systems seek to keep good teachers... Read More

Instructional leadership in Greek and English outstanding schools (2016)
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Kaparou, M., & Bush, T. (2016). Instructional leadership in Greek and English outstanding schools. International Journal of Educational Management, 30(6), doi:10.1108/IJEM-03-2015-0025. ISSN 0951-354X

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine instructional leadership (IL) in outstanding secondary schools within a centralised (Greece) and a partially decentralised (England) education context. Design/methodology/approach – Since the pur... Read More

School improvement through government agencies: loose or tight coupling? (2016)
Journal Article
Bush, T. (in press). School improvement through government agencies: loose or tight coupling?. Improving Schools, doi:10.1177/1365480216650949. ISSN 1365-4802

In seeking to improve student outcomes, governments may choose to exercise direct control over schools, as in many centralised systems, or to provide frameworks for intermediate bodies to engage in improvement activities. One such body is the Nationa... Read More

School leadership and management in South Africa: findings from a systematic literature review (2016)
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Bush, T., & Glover, D. (2016). School leadership and management in South Africa: findings from a systematic literature review. International Journal of Educational Management, 30(2), doi:10.1108/IJEM-07-2014-0101. ISSN 0951-354X

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the literature on school leadership and management in South Africa, linked to the 20th anniversary of democratic government and integrated education. Design/methodology/approach... Read More

Instructional leadership in centralised systems: evidence from Greek high-performing secondary schools (2015)
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Kaparou, M., & Bush, T. (2015). Instructional leadership in centralised systems: evidence from Greek high-performing secondary schools. School Leadership and Management, 35(3), doi:10.1080/13632434.2015.1041489. ISSN 1363-2434

This paper examines the enactment of instructional leadership (IL) in high-performing secondary schools (HPSS), and the relationship between leadership and learning in raising student outcomes and encouraging teachers’ professional learning in the hi... Read More