School-Based Management with or without Instructional Leadership: Experience from Sweden

  •  Erik Lindberg    
  •  Vladimir Vanyushyn    


This study sets out to examine schools principals’ perception of the importance of school-based management
(SBM) and instructional leadership tasks and their assessment of the performance of those tasks in Swedish
upper secondary schools. A review of the literature on SBM and instructional leadership results in a list of twenty
one tasks grouped into administrative, firefighting, and instructional leadership. Analysis of the survey responses
from 234 principals shows that 80% of administrative and 75% of firefighting tasks were seen as highly
important and performed well, while 68% of instructional leadership tasks were perceived as of having lower
importance and performance. Implications for school principals and policy-makers are discussed and venues for
future research are outlined.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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