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An Islamic-oriented educational leadership model: towards a new theory of school leadership in Muslim societies (2023)
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In recent years, research into educational leadership has prompted growing appreciation for the critical role which both cultural and societal tenets can have in shaping school leadership approaches. With that in mind, this study examines a school le... Read More about An Islamic-oriented educational leadership model: towards a new theory of school leadership in Muslim societies.

Developing Instructional Leadership in Tanzania: Impact of a British Council Initiative (2023)
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Bush, T., & Anania, A. M. (2023). Developing Instructional Leadership in Tanzania: Impact of a British Council Initiative. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, 8(2), 296-333. https://doi.org/10.30828/real.1247119

Instructional leadership is widely recognized as important for school improvement and a significant tool for creating an effective teaching and learning environment. The British Council is committed to promoting and developing instructional leadershi... Read More about Developing Instructional Leadership in Tanzania: Impact of a British Council Initiative.

School Leadership and Gender in Africa: A Systematic Overview (2022)
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Bush, T., Kirezi, J., Ashford, R., & Glover, D. (2022). School Leadership and Gender in Africa: A Systematic Overview. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, 7(4), 680-712. https://doi.org/10.30828/real.1159040

The purpose of this article is to report the findings of a systematic review of school leadership and gender in Africa, and to identify gaps in the literature, to prompt and encourage further research. The literature search focused based on school le... Read More about School Leadership and Gender in Africa: A Systematic Overview.

Instructional leadership in sub-Saharan Africa: policy and practice (2021)
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Bush, T., Fadare, M., Chirimambowa, T., Enukorah, E., Musa, D., Nur, H., …Shipota, M. (2022). Instructional leadership in sub-Saharan Africa: policy and practice. International Journal of Educational Management, 36(1), 14-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-01-2021-0027

Design/methodology/approach This paper reports the findings of a systematic literature review, and participant interviews, in six sub-Sahara African countries. The research links to the British Council's initiative to develop instructional leadersh... Read More about Instructional leadership in sub-Saharan Africa: policy and practice.

Ensuring Acceptability and Feasibility: The Challenges of Educational Policy Reform in Malaysia (2021)
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Bush, T., Ng, A. Y. M., Too, W. K., Glover, D., & Chay, J. (2023). Ensuring Acceptability and Feasibility: The Challenges of Educational Policy Reform in Malaysia. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 22(2), 314-329. https://doi.org/10.1080/15700763.2021.1933063

This article reports research on the implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint, 2013–2025, drawing on 49 extended interviews with senior policy makers at federal, state and district levels, and school principals, informed by a systematic rev... Read More about Ensuring Acceptability and Feasibility: The Challenges of Educational Policy Reform in Malaysia.

Leadership preparation in China: participants perspectives (2021)
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Xue, S. S., & Bush, T. (2021). Leadership preparation in China: participants perspectives. International Journal of Leadership in Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2021.1893389

The concern about the quality of preservice preparation programs provided for new and aspiring principals in China have led to calls to evaluate current programs through participant perspectives. This paper addresses this research gap by reporting re... Read More about Leadership preparation in China: participants perspectives.

Distributed leadership and the Malaysia Education Blueprint: from prescription to partial school-based enactment in a highly centralised context (2019)
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Bush, T., & Ng Yoon Mooi, A. (2019). Distributed leadership and the Malaysia Education Blueprint: from prescription to partial school-based enactment in a highly centralised context. Journal of Educational Administration, 57(3), 279-295. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-11-2018-0206

Purpose The purpose of the paper is to present and discuss the findings from research on the relationship between leadership theory and policy reform in Malaysia. The research was conducted in two dissimilar Malaysian states. Research Design... Read More about Distributed leadership and the Malaysia Education Blueprint: from prescription to partial school-based enactment in a highly centralised context.

Leading and sustaining Zimbabwe's private schools: matching vision with economic reality (2019)
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Bush, T., Chingarande, D., Glover, D., Muchabaiwa, W., Simango, J., & Thondhlana, J. (2019). Leading and sustaining Zimbabwe's private schools: matching vision with economic reality. Management in Education, 33(3), 101-109. https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020619831760

The political, economic and social challenges in Zimbabwe are well documented. Public schools have been damaged by a shortage of resources, and by a brain drain of teachers. This has led many parents to seek private education for their children but... Read More about Leading and sustaining Zimbabwe's private schools: matching vision with economic reality.

School leadership theories and the Malaysia education blueprint: findings from a systematic literature review (2018)
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Bush, T., Abdul Hamid, S., Ng, A. Y. M., & 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. https://doi.org/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 about School leadership theories and the Malaysia education blueprint: findings from a systematic literature review.

Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile (2018)
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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, https://doi.org/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 about Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.03.005

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 about Framing the roles and responsibilities of excellent teachers: evidence from Malaysia.

Preparation and induction for school principals: global perspectives (2018)
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Bush, T. (2018). Preparation and induction for school principals: global perspectives. Management in Education, 32(2), 66-71. https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020618761805

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 about Preparation and induction for school principals: global perspectives.

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), https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2017.1366439

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 about Middle leadership in international schools: evidence from Malaysia.

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

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 about Women primary school principals in Cyprus: barriers and facilitators to progression.

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

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 about School leadership in West Africa: findings from a systematic literature review.

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.-J. (in press). Master teachers as teacher leaders: evidence from Malaysia and the Philippines

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 about Master teachers as teacher leaders: evidence from Malaysia and the Philippines.

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), https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-03-2015-0025

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 about Instructional leadership in Greek and English outstanding schools.

School improvement through government agencies: loose or tight coupling? (2016)
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Bush, T. (in press). School improvement through government agencies: loose or tight coupling?. Improving Schools, https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480216650949

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 about School improvement through government agencies: loose or tight coupling?.

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), https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-07-2014-0101

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 about School leadership and management in South Africa: findings from a systematic literature review.

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), https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2015.1041489

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 about Instructional leadership in centralised systems: evidence from Greek high-performing secondary schools.

Organisation theory in education: how does it inform school leadership? (2015)
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Bush, T. (2015). Organisation theory in education: how does it inform school leadership?

Much of the literature treats organisation and leadership theories as distinct and unconnected but, in this paper, I argue that there are considerable overlaps between these two genres of theory. In particular, I seek to demonstrate that organisation... Read More about Organisation theory in education: how does it inform school leadership?.

School leadership models: what do we know? (2014)
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Bush, T., & Glover, D. (2014). School leadership models: what do we know?. School Leadership and Management, 34(5), https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2014.928680

The growth in the importance of school leadership has been accompanied by theory development, with new models emerging and established approaches being redefined and further developed. The purpose of this paper is to review current and recent writing... Read More about School leadership models: what do we know?.