American Journal of Educational Research
ISSN (Print): 2327-6126 ISSN (Online): 2327-6150 Website: http://www.sciepub.com/journal/education Editor-in-chief: Apply for this position
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Special Issue "Global perspectives on educational leadership in the Middle East and North Africa"

A special issue of American Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 2327-6150).

Special Issue Editors

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Nuha Iter
Palestine Technical University - Khadorie
Email: nuhaiter@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Dr. Louis Cristillo
AMIDEAST :Leadership and Teacher Development Program; and, Teachers College, Columbia University
Email: lfc12@columbia.edu

Dr. Alia Assali
Al-Najah National university
Email: alia_71@najah.edu, aliaassali@yahoo.com

Special Issue Information

Discourses on educational leadership in the Middle East and North Africa are virtually missing from professional and peer-reviewed literature. This Special Issue seeks to address this gap. Globalization and the emergence of electronic journals have accelerated the rapid sharing and exchange of research, case studies, and policy positions on educational leadership. A casual search of the major journals on educational leadership reveals discourses dominated by core geographical areas of innovation, from Australia and New Zealand to Singapore and Shanghai, from the Netherlands and England to Canada and the United States. While the absence of the Middle East and North Africa in the literature would seem to put this diverse region on the discursive periphery of educational leadership, the truth is far from it. On the contrary, policymakers and senior management from ministries of education from the region have for decades traveled internationally to engage policymakers and experts from the “core” to learn about, borrow, and adapt innovative models and approaches in educational leadership.
This special Issue aims, therefore, to explore current issues and trends in educational leadership in the Middle East and North Africa. What modalities of leadership are currently having the biggest impact on school effectiveness and student learning outcomes? What strategies and approaches are principals using to strike a balance in their dual roles as administrator and instructional leader? How successfully are principals transitioning from a hierarchal model of centralized authority and power to a non-hierarchal model of shared leadership and empowerment? What methods and techniques are having the most success in supporting, assessing, evaluating, and developing teacher quality? What alternative models of educational leadership are schools practicing with the aim of improving teaching and learning for a global knowledge economy driven by communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity?

Special Issue Topics

About the issue

The topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • 1. Leadership practices and student outcomes
  • 2. Globalization, school management, and instructional leadership
  • 3. Shared leadership and empowerment
  • 4. Effective methods for supporting, assessing, evaluating and developing teacher quality
  • 5. Results-based management (RBM) and educational quality
  • 6. Inquiry-based professional development
  • 7. Peer- and mentor-based communities of practice

Import Dates & Submit

Important dates

Submission Deadline: December 01, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: January 01, 2015
Final Version Due: February 28, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: March, 2015

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. Nuha Iter at the address: <nuhaiter@gmail.com>

Published Papers (6 Papers)

Open AccessResearch Article
Introductory Essay: Global Perspectives on Educational Leadership in the Middle East and North Africa, The View from Palestine
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 1-3. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-1
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016
Open AccessResearch Article
Enabling Teachers to Lead Change in One School in Palestine: A Case Study
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 4-14. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-2
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016
Open AccessResearch Article
Exploring Teachers’ Professional Identity in the Context of War Zone: A Case Study from Palestine
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 15-24. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-3
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016
Open AccessResearch Article
The Challenge of Classroom Leadership and Management Facing Newly Appointed Teachers
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 25-29. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-4
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016
Open AccessResearch Article
Quality Assurance in Palestine’s Teacher Education Programs: Lessons for Faculty and Program Leadership
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 30-36. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-5
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016
Open AccessResearch Article
Sustainable Leadership: Impact of an Innovative Leadership Development Program for School Principals in Palestine
American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(2A), 37-42. DOI: 10.12691/education-4-2A-6
Pub. Date: March 10, 2016