Leadership impact on Quality Performance: Interdisciplinary View.
This key note deals with the question why and how leadership impacts quality of education from the perspective of education and political sciences, whether there is a correlation between the statements of politicians, Ministers of Education, school administration, teachers and quality changes in educational institutions. On one hand, leadership requires common values, the energy of connection — engagement, clear direction, meaningful interaction, mutul understanding and apropos feedback. On the other, understanding of quality and success nowadays differs greatly among formal leaders of educational institutions and their students. What shapes quality performance at school nowadays – clearly stated external standard or respect for diversity? How the engagement is reached, what goals are agreed on will be dealt throught the reflection of personal professional experience.
Keywords Leadership, position of power, quality performance, success
Tatjana Koķe, Dr.habil.paed., Vice rector for Education, Riga Stradins University, professor of adult education, senior researcher at the University of Latvia. Former Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia (2007-2010), Corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences, expert of Team Europe Latvia. She has been the Board member of European Adult Education Association (2006 – 2008) and Vice president and member of the Council of International Bureau of Education, UNESCO ( 2004-2008). Since 2008 she is the UNESCO International Bureau of Education editorial board member of journal “Prospects”, quarterly review of comparative education, Springer. Under her supervision seventeen doctoral students have earned PhD degree in Education. Since 2011 she participates in the Asian – European Education and Research HUB of Lifelong learning, implementing research financed by European Social fund on Development of Teachers Professional Competence for Working in Interdisciplinary environment to link learning closer to Life and Develop Students’ Entrepreneurship.
She has been a guest lecturer at Vytautas Magnus Kaunas University, Lithuania; Arhus University, Denmark; Stockholm University ; Freibourg University, Switzerland within SWISS-BALT NET cooperation; Columbia University, New York and Lehigh University, Pensilvania, USA; University of Sussex, UK; The University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Iceland.
She has written over 100 scholarly publications, incl. 3 monographies, 65 articles, 37 essays
Research fields: Lifelong Learning, Recognition of Prior Learning, Teacher Education and Faculty Professional Development, Quality Assurance, Education Management, Internalization of Higher Education
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