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System Recall
Leading for Equity and Excellence in Education

  • Alma Harris - University of Bath, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Department of Education, University of Bath, UK
  • Michelle S. Jones - Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya


152 pages | Corwin

This book argues that much of what passes as contemporary educational reform in education is faulty and damaging. It argues that it is time for a ‘system recall’ and a need to look at what matters most in the pursuit of educational goals.

The book focuses on what we know about contemporary educational improvement, transformation, and change. It will provide insights into what strategies work, long term, to build the capacity for principled change at the school and system level.

The book will consider what leaders can do to secure principled school and system improvement which fully embraces diversity, equity, and equality. It will also dispel some myths about reform at scale and challenge some prevailing ideas about educational change that, it will be posited, are not helping many young people to reach their potential.

The main argument of the book is that too many school and system improvement initiatives have not paid sufficient attention to equity issues in their pursuit of ever higher achievement and that the net effect of large-scale, international assessments have been to distract policy makers in ways that have not always benefitted young people.

The book will use system examples to underpin and exemplify six core ways of  re-botting the system and generating progress for all, It will highlight the implications for school and system leaders.

 
Foreword by Adrian Piccoli
 
Foreword by Yong Zhao
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1. Inequality and Inequity
 
Chapter 2. Excellence Over Equity?
 
Chapter 3. Hard Truths
 
Chapter 4. Leading for Equity
 
Chapter 5. Leading Parental and Community Engagement
 
Chapter 6. Leading Professional Collaboration
 
Chapter 7. Reflections and Alternatives
 
References
 
Index

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Alma Harris

Alma Harris is Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Since September 2012, she has been the Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership at the University of Malaya (UM). In 2010–2012 she was a senior policy adviser to the Welsh Government. Professor Harris holds visiting professorial posts at Moscow Higher School of Economics, Nottingham Business School, University of Wales and the University of Southampton. She is currently Past President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and School Improvement.... More About Author

Michelle S. Jones

Michelle S. Jones is Deputy Director at the Institute of Educational Leadership, UM, where she focuses upon academic development and internationalization. In 2008, she became a school effectiveness associate for the Welsh Government and subsequently a professional education adviser assisting teachers’ and principals’ professional learning in over 2,000 schools. Dr Jones has also been working with government agencies in England, Russia, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia to contribute to the design and delivery of their professional learning programmes. More About Author