Leadership for Learning - Special Issue - Volume 7 n° 1
June 2015

Copertina Leadership for Learning - Special Issue - Volume 7

This issue of RicercAzione, the first in 2015 and in the new editorial programme, updates studies on school leadership by examining the literature, a series of empirical studies and three international contributions. The articles take as their starting point the study «Leadership and school improvement processes», promoted by IPRASE in the 2013-14 school year, in collaboration with the Department of Business Science at the University of Bologna. The project falls within the scope of IPRASE’s 2014-16 strategic plan, with specific reference to the objective of developing organisational skills to improve schools. The issue explores four areas of study: a. examination of an integrated model of school leadership; b. study of the quantitative effects of leadership on the school environment; c. understanding the links between distributed leadership and improvement of schools; d. observation of school principals in the working environment. The results achieved in each field suggest the following conclusion: school leadership is a unitary and systematic process. While for analytical reasons it is necessary to identify specific leadership practices, indeed the principal acts within the context of a range of forces characterizing behaviour. For this reason, the IPRASE research project interpreted leadership as a multidimensional construct. This construct has been described as leadership for learning.


Table of contents

Gentile, M. (2015). The principal leadership. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 7-16)
Paletta, A. (2015). Leadership for learning: a review of the international literature. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 17-37)
Paletta, A. (2015). The theoretical construct of leadership for learning. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 39-61)
Robinson, J. (2015). Mentoring and coaching for head teachers. A qualitative study of adaptive expertise. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 63-68)
Sammons, P. & Gu, Q. (2015). Models of Leadership and Pupil Outcomes. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 69-92)
Paletta, A. (2015). Head teachers as leaders for learning: a study in the Autonomous Province of Trento. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 93-109)
Paletta, A. & Pisanu, F. (2015). The managerial practice of head teachers: what determines it and how we can assess it. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 111-136)
Paletta, A. & Pisanu, F. (2015). Distributed leadership and improving schools. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 137-162)
Paletta, A., Alivernini, F. & Manganelli, S. (2015). Leadership for learning: linking school context, leadership styles and process variables. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 163-182)
Bezzina, C., Paletta, A. & Alimehmeti, G. (2015). Observation of head teachers in the field: administrative, management and leadership issues. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 183-211)
Bezzina, C. (2015). Learning more about leadership that makes a difference: lessons learned in the field. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 213-226)
Paletta, A. (2015). Conclusions of the “Leadership for Learning” project in the Autonomous Province of Trento:what we have learned and education policy implications. Vol. 7, n. 1, June 2015 (pp. 241-240)