Course Materials

Course Materials

The Finnish context

Alava, J., Halttunen, L. & Risku, M. (2012). Changing school management. Status review - May 2012. Finnish National Board of Education Publications 2012:13

Darlington-Hammond, L. (2010) Steady Work: Finland "Builds a Strong Teaching and Learning System” in Rethinking Schools (2010), Volume 24, Number 4. Republished in

Ministry of Education (2011) Education and research 2012-2016. A development plan. In

Finnish National Board of Education (2011). Learning and competence 2020 in

Kupiainen, S., Hautamäki, J. & Karjalainen, T. (2009) The Finnish education system and PISA. Ministry of Education Publications, Finland 2009:46. In

Pedagogical and distributed leadership

Colvin, G. (2010). Talent Is Overrated. What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. New York: Penquin Books.

MacNeill, N., Cavanagh, R. & Silcox, S. (2005). Pedagogic leadership: Refocusing on Learning and Teaching. International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning.

Murphy, J. (2005). Connecting teacher leadership and school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Hardgreaves, A. & Shirley, D. (2009). The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.(The idea of fourth way can be found: Paving the Fourth Way: The Singapore story, chapter IV.)

Sheppard, B., Hurley, N. & Dibbon, D. (2010) Distributed Leadership, Teacher Morale, and Teacher Enthusiasm: Unravelling the Leadership Pathways to School Success. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Denver, Colorado May 2010. In

Spillane, J.P. (2006). Distributed leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (Chapters 2 and 3 are the important ones.)

Supplementary readings

Sahlberg, P. (2007). Education policies for raising student learning: the Finnish approach. World Bank, Washington, DC,USA. In

Blase, J.R. & Blase, J. (2004). Handbook of Instructional Leadership: How successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Caldwell, B. & Spinks, J. Raising the Stakes From improvement to transformation in the reform of schools. Routledge. London and New York.

  • Chapter 8 A student-focused planning model
  • Chapter 9 Student-focused planning in action

Darling-Hammond, L. (2011) U.S. vs highest-achieving nations
in education. Washington Post. In

Duke, Daniel (2004). The Challenges of Educational Change.Boston: Pearson Education. ISBN 0-205-36020-3

Finnish National Core Curriculum 2004.

Harris, A. (2008). Distributed School Leadership. Developing tomorrow`s leaders. London: Routledge

Leithwood, K., Jantzi, D., & Steinbach, R. (1999) Changing leadership for changing times. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Ministry of Education and Culture (2011) The results of PISA 2009. In

Ngaajieh Nnane, R. (2009). An exploration of principals´ and teachers´ perception of teacher leadership in Finland: the case of four upper secondary schools in Jyväskylä. In

OECD (2011) OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). In,3417,en_32252351_32235731_1_1_1_1_1,00.html.

Svedberg, L. (2004) Rhetorical Resources for Management The Leading Words. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. Vol 32(4) 423–438. In

Viitala, R. (2004) Towards knowledge leadership. Leadership and Organization Developmetn Journal. Vol 25, Issue 6. In

Zohar, D. (1997) Rewiring the Corporate Brain. San Francisco: Berrett-Kohler Publishers.

Ärlestig, H. (2008) Communication between Principals and Teachers in Successful School. Pedagogiska institutionen. Umeå universitet.

  • Chapter II, pp.25-27 To meet curriculum objectives – pedagogical leadership
  • Article III Structural prerequisites for principals’ and teachers’ communication about teaching and learning issues
  • Article IV In School Communication: Developing a Pedagogically Focused School Culture
  • Chapter V, pp.52 -55 Principals’ communication as pedagogical leaders
  • In