The Key Role of the School Principal’s Leadership in the Schooling of Newly Arrived Immigrant Pupils in Sweden: Experiences from an Interactive Action Research Project
2016 (English)In: Open Journal of Leadership, ISSN 2167-7751, Vol. 5, no 1, 20-30 p., 2330095Article in journal (Refereed) Published
When newly immigrated children and young people begin school in Sweden, certain challengesarise. These may result from weak Swedish-language skills and different schooling backgrounds,as well as organizational and pedagogical limitations in the schools. This generates demands onschool leaders to lead and develop the organization and teachers competences to meet these pupils’needs. This situation was behind the initiation of the project “New Immigrants and Learning—Competence Development for Teachers and School Principals.” The project ran in schools infour Swedish municipalities, its aim was to develop leadership, organizational and pedagogicalskills that would facilitate the schooling and integration of newly arrived pupils. This article aimsto describe and discuss a Participant Action Research (PAR) based on a think tank and researchcircles, drawing special attention to the role of the school leaders. It will also examine whether theresearch circles and the project overall served to develop educational and intercultural leadership,organizational conditions, collegial learning, pedagogical methods and competence in terms ofschooling for this pupil group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 5, no 1, 20-30 p., 2330095
Principal’s Leadership, Interactive Action Research Project, Schooling of Newly Arrived Immigrant Pupils
Research subject Education and Learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-21258DOI: 10.4236/ojl.2016.51003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21258DiVA: diva2:913362