Leadership challenges in international schools in the Asia Pacific region: Evidence from programme implementation of the International Baccalaureate

Moosung Lee, Philip Hallinger, Allan Walker

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Abstract

Over the last four decades, International Baccalaureate (IB) schools have become increasingly important in the global market of international education. This is especially evident in Asia Pacific, which has evidenced the fastest growth in IB schools, as well as international schools more generally, across the world over the last decade. Despite this dramatic growth of international education in Asia Pacific, empirical research examining leadership in this context is scarce. This paper addresses this gap through the analysis of case study data collected in five International Baccalaureate Schools in East Asia. The purposes of the report are to explore key challenges facing IB school leaders in the region, and identify implications for researchers and IB school leaders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-310
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Leadership in Education
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We wish to acknowledge the funding support of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for our research. We appreciate research assistance from Dongyu Li and Fang Li for collecting descriptive statistics about international schools. We also greatly appreciate insightful comments of three anonymous reviewers for the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Finally, special thanks must go to students, teachers and administrators in the participating schools for this study.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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