This edited volume focuses on the cultural situatedness of educational leadership in countries in the Mediterranean basin (Malta, Israel, Spain, Algeria, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus) featuring chapters that explore the reception of the leadership concept and its enactment in education settings within one or more countries of the Mediterranean; consider how both local and global policy discourses work on education leaders who translate this in a distinct school context; focus on the interplay of leaders, followers and context as a complex and ambiguous social construction within the Mediterranean context; study leadership via a combination of a theoretical definition and a consideration of what a particular group means by ‘leadership’, with a specific openness to local meanings; explore the unfolding of education reform as either a top-down or bottom-up process; consider the various cultural, religious, social and local factors that ‘dictate’ both leadership enactment, in addition to the power flow among leaders and followers; argue how the territorial, political and religious conflicts affect educational leadership, and thus the implementation of education reform to either conform to or converge from globalized discourses.
This book is targeted for post-graduate and doctoral students, as well as scholars, interested in the study of educational leadership, policy and politics of education, Mediterranean studies, and sociology of education. It is also of interest to those who feel the need to address the ‘missing-what’ of educational leadership in the Mediterranean region, an area of study that is largely dominated by Western models.
Denise Mifsud, Ph.D. (2015), University of Stirling, is an Associate Fellow of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Educational Research at the University of Malta. She has published in several international top-rated journals, in addition to monographs and edited volumes, the most recent being
The Positioning and Making of Female Professors: Pushing Career Advancement Open (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, co-edited with M. Murray).
Paolo Landri is a Senior Researcher of the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies at National Research Council in Italy (CNR-IRPPS). His most recent publication is
Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration through Actor Network Theory (Routledge, 2020).
Notes on Contributors
1 Problematizing the Dominant Discourses and Policies of Educational Leadership within the Mediterranean Basin
Denise Mifsud and Paolo Landri 2 Social Justice and Education in the Maltese State School System: Some Political and Practical Issues
Denise Mifsud 3 Challenges to Educational Leadership in Israel
Devorah Kalekin-Fishman 4 The New Public Governance: Corporate Leadership in Spain’s Public Education System
Enrique-Javier Díez-Gutiérrez 5 School Leadership within a Centralized Education System: A Success Story from Cyprus through a Decade of Research
Petros Pashiardis and Antonios Kafa 6 Educational Leadership in Algeria: A Decisive Factor in the 2004 Higher Education Reform
Mohamed Miliani 7 Digitally Equipped: Reshaping Educational Leadership and Management in Italy
Paolo Landri and Danilo Taglietti 8 How Do Portuguese Principals Deal with Competing Demands? Issues of Bureaucracy, Performativity and Democracy
Maria Assunção Flores and Fernando Ilídio Ferreira
This is targeted for post-graduate and doctoral students, as well as scholars, interested in the study of educational leadership, policy and politics of education, Mediterranean studies, and sociology of education. It is also of interest to those who feel the need to address the ‘missing-what’ of educational leadership in the Mediterranean region, an area of study that is largely dominated by Western models.