Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Benchlearning as professional development of school leaders in Norway and Sweden
Oslo universitet.
Karlstad University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6789-537X
2017 (English)In: Professional Development in Education, ISSN 1941-5257, E-ISSN 1941-5265, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we investigate a new national collaborative Benchlearning program for principals in Norway and Sweden. Four process leaders have been running the program. The aim is to give the participants the knowledge to develop a leadership practice and school environment that are more innovative. The program includes theoretical inputs, sharing experiences, school visits, training, and trialing of new leadership practices. Drawing on data from surveys, participants’ reflections, and the leaders’ descriptions of new leadership practice, we examine and identify successful and critical aspects of the learning process. The findings show that principals’ motivation and willingness to start change processes can be created in a synergy between structured school visits, work in learning groups, and a theoretical foundation. Working in groups across schools in two countries seems to enhance principals’ sense of efficacy, which in turn is shown to have a positive effect on their willingness to trial new practices. Two implications of the study are suggested. First, in the design of principal programs, systematic and critical reflection about authentic practice should be the basis. Second, educators should be trained to be process leaders who can support principals’ learning during a critical and social construction of a new practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
school leadership, principal, professional learning, benchlearning, self-efficacy
Keyword [sv]
skolleaderskap, rektor, ledarskap, lärande, benchlearning, själv-effektivitet
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Educational Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-62712DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2017.1355840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-62712DiVA: diva2:1134547
Note

The authors would like to thank Knut Roald, Western Norway University, and Lillemor Rehnberg, Uppsala University.

Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full texthttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2017.1355840

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Blom, Thomas
By organisation
Karlstad University
In the same journal
Professional Development in Education
Humanities and the Arts

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 83 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf