Considering Latin American school management from a skills-based perspective

Joaquín Gairín, Miren Fernández-de-Álava, Aleix Barrera-Corominas

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© 2015 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. Management has an ever-greater need to surpass its mere organisational function. This chapter reviews the current situation in the competency-based training of 10 Latin American countries with two objectives: a) to understand the legislative situations and perspectives of the school management and b) to analyse the activity of the management from the perspective of competencies. This study identifies competencies as personal characteristics linked to successful activity in the workplace. School principals must display personal and procedural competencies, as well as the achievement of actions, objectives, and results. The results allow us to identify the persistence of bureaucratic and administrative model of management, and the emerging roles and competencies that would lead us to a model more focused on people and the community. School principals, as agents of change, would fit into this last perspective, which links us with the most current focus of school management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014


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