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Surviving or thriving?: Exploring school leaders’ perception of initiated digital transformation
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-8379
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. The School of Health Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde (SWE). (KAMAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0575-4309
Department of Education, School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Halmstad University, Halmstad (SWE).
2023 (English)In: School Leadership and Management, ISSN 1363-2434, E-ISSN 1364-2626, p. 1-23Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The global pandemic, COVID-19 shattered everyday life as we know it and disrupted education globally. In this study, we explore an initiated digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic from school leaders’ perspectives in the context of Swedish high schools. The data consists of a questionnaire with 105 school leaders containing both fixed and open-ended response types. The results reveal significant differences in school leaders’ views on how the transition has worked, whether they and their staff have developed their digital competence, and, how it will affect the school onwards. Contributions include theorising about school leaders’ experiences of navigating an accelerated digital transformation prompted by the pandemic. We introduce four school leader profiles: (a) the enthusiast, (b) the affirmative (c) the skeptical, and (d) the hesitant. These profiles serve to encapsulate the nuanced perspectives of school leaders, thereby enriching our comprehension of their diverse requirements and priorities.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2023. p. 1-23
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School leadership; COVID-19; digital transformation; coping strategies; digital competence; school leader profiles
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Information Systems, Social aspects Learning Pedagogical Work
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21008DOI: 10.1080/13632434.2023.2282618ISI: 001105589400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85177637298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21008DiVA, id: diva2:1814975
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