Re‐thinking educational leadership: exploring the impact of cultural and belief systems

Saeeda J. A. Shah
2010 International Journal of Leadership in Education  
The paper argues that people from diverse ideological and ethnic backgrounds conceive, perceive and practise educational leadership differently, drawing upon their beliefs, values and knowledge sources. It draws on data collected from female heads of 'girls-only' colleges in a region in Pakistan. The paper briefly introduces leadership as a concept formulated in context. It presents philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of these conceptualizations from an Islamic perspective as a case,
more » ... ctive as a case, and highlights the interplay between belief systems, educational leadership and gender informed by the data and wideranging literature. The paper deliberates how these discourses interact to formulate 'educational leadership' in Muslim societies, and explores the implications of these constructions for women in educational leadership in a Muslim society. The paper highlights the impact of cultural and belief systems on notions and practices in the field of educational leadership.
doi:10.1080/13603120903244879 fatcat:5vvbs63tmbg3xkrzuwpnvvyree