Aligning ‘International’ Standards with ‘National’ Educational Leadership Preparation Needs: The Case of a Master's Programme in Oman

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In a global context characterised by a growing recognition of the role that educational leaders play in ensuring school effectiveness and the consequent need to design effective leadership preparation programmes, many educational leadership preparation providers around the world have borrowed international standards and frameworks in order to guide their programmes and assure their quality. This trend has been on the rise as a response to globalisation pressures and a growing interest in acquiring international recognition through accreditation agencies. However, this raises important questions about the potential repercussion of using foreign, mainly Western, frameworks to develop or assess national leadership preparation provision. Evidence from relevant literature indicates that these frameworks, when applied to local contexts, need to take contextual factors into account. In this chapter, we engage with existing literature in relation to leadership preparation, internationalisation and professional standards to reflect on our experience of using international standards to develop the Masters in Educational Administration programme offered by Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman. We hope to contribute to existing internationalisation literature by providing a different perspective on educational administration and leadership preparation from a non-Western tradition, thereby expanding the understanding of meaningful leadership preparation in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternationalisation of Educational Administration and Leadership Curriculum (Studies in Educational Administration)
EditorsEugenie Samier, Eman Elkaleh, Waheed Hammad
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83909-864-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-83909-865-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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