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Educational Leadership in Pakistan

Ideals and Realities
Edited by Jan-e-Alam Khaki and Qamar Safdar

This pioneering book brings together a series of studies undertaken by researchers associated directly or indirectly with the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). Their findings are reported here for the first time. The book contributes to much-needed studies in the area of educational leadership and management and attempts to bring the issue of school leadership to the centre of discourse on educational leadership in Pakistan and developing countries. It provides insights into the complex character of educational leadership thereby facilitating teacher education institutions, educational planners, and curriculum developers in the continued professional development of teachers and headteachers.

This work will help build evidence-based knowledge to structure and where necessary restructure courses offering pre- or in-service education to teachers and headteachers. It will also be highly relevant to those headteachers and school governors who are seeking to improve their schools through the capacity-building of their personnel.

The book may be of special importance to the departments of education in all the provinces of Pakistan for using it as a fulcrum to improve their educational leadership programmes. Additionally, universities in Pakistan, especially the departments of education, may find this pioneering work useful for their faculty members and students who are engaged in research on educational leadership in Pakistan and elsewhere.

Author Description

Jan-e-Alam Khaki is Assistant Professor and Coordinator, PhD programmes, AKU-IED. Along with three Master’s degrees, he has a doctorate from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Dr Khaki is a pioneer in offering educational leadership and management programmes in Pakistan. He has been teaching management courses at the AKU-IED since 1998, and has conducted numerous professional development courses in the area of educational planning and management for senior government officials including headteachers and higher education faculty members of both public and private universities of Pakistan.

Dr Khaki is heavily involved in graduate programmes at the AKU-IED, and has been working with new educational leadership and management programmes sponsored by ED-LINKS and funded by the USAID. These projects are aimed at supporting the Government of Pakistan to improve its educational offerings at primary and secondary school levels in Sindh, Balochistan, and the Islamabad Capital Territory.

Dr Khaki is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Aga Khan University (2007).

Qamar Safdar is Assistant Professor at AKU-IED, and teaches educational leadership and management courses at various levels. She is also Chair of AKU-IED’s Ethical Review Committee; General Secretary, School Headteachers’ Association for Development of Education (SHADE); and Founding Member, Association of Promoting Ethics in Education (APEE). She has been engaged in ED-LINKS programmes, with a focus on conceptualization, implementation, and teaching.

Qamar has Master’s degrees from London and Mysore universities. Before joining AKU-IED in 1998, she served as Principal and Administrator at Al Murtaza School, Karachi. She has contributed significantly to both local and international journals, and is currently co-authoring a book on educational leadership and management practices across South Asia. She has been awarded the Star Laureate by South Asian Publications in 2008 for her contributions in the field of education in South Asia.

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ISBN 9780199060108
Weight in kg 0.580
Rights World
Year of Publication 2010
Binding Hardback
Pages 328 pages