Professionalisation of school leadership: theoretical and analytical perspectives

Jakob Ditlev Bøje*, Lars Frode Frederiksen, Bjørn Ribers, Finn Wiedemann

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    This book examines the subject of school leadership as a profession. It tackles questions of what it means to be professional and to work within a profession, and how school leadership fits within these definitions.

    The book analyses five areas which, in the sociology of professions, are considered important for an occupation to qualify as a profession: knowledge base, education and training, ethics, working conditions, and formation of a professional identity. Based on these criteria, the book offers a comprehensive analysis into a sociological definition of the professional status of school leadership. The authors argue that school leadership is an emerging profession characterised by development and efforts across different areas.

    Contributing to the discussion and theorisation of professionalisation, this book will be valuable reading for scholars, researchers, and students in the field of educational leadership and educational policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages128
    ISBN (Print)9780367470845
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003033257
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    SeriesRoutledge Research in Educational Leadership

    Bibliographical note

    Copyright year is 2022


    • School leadership as an emerging profession
    • Professions and professionalisation
    • The knowledge base of school leadership
    • Education and preparation of school leaders
    • Ethics in school leadership
    • Working conditions and work life
    • Formation of a professional identity
    • Professionalisation of school leadership


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