Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

Education systems are complex, operate in diverse environments and within a context of change. One key area of change is the demand for greater accountability, which itself demands more highly specialised knowledge and skills. Other challenges arise from processes of internationalisation and the increasing prevalence of markets. These developments raise questions about the nature of administration, management and leadership in educational settings. Accordingly, there is a growing need for quality research to understand this complexity and the relationships between organisational learning, organisational culture and organisational change. Critical program and policy evaluation are essential research tools informing effective growth and evolution in educational systems.