Governance

“Principals of secondary schools can learn a lot from each other”

April 16, 2015

Collegiate managerial visitations provide good opportunities for secondary school principals to professionalize further. They can systematically learn from their own practice by looking at it through the eyes of fellow principals.

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TIAS Professor Edith Hooge and her colleague Hartger Wassink have carried out research for the Secondary Education Academy into optimal conditions for collegiate managerial visitations in secondary education. 

In their report, Hooge & Wassink propose a substantive framework that would allow principals in secondary education to ask each other questions and learn from each other using four approaches to education governance:

  1. Judicial-structural
  2. Behavioral-cultural
  3. Contextual
  4. Ethical-normative

Conditions for effective managerial visitations are structuring of content, self-evaluation, effective feedback that promotes learning, sustainability through repetition and follow-up and training visitators. 

In order to reap the full benefits of the learning and improvement function from collegiate managerial visitations, the researchers advise to keep the results of the visitations confidential or anonymous, because openness and transparency of visitation results undermines the learning and improvement function. 

The Secondary Education Academy will now develop the idea of ​​collegiate managerial visitation in collaboration with the principals in the industry.

Read more:

Leren van besturen, Collegiale bestuurlijke visitatie in het voortgezet onderwijs (2015) (in Dutch)
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