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Considering Latin American School Management from a Skills-Based Perspective

Considering Latin American School Management from a Skills-Based Perspective
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Author(s): Joaquín Gairín (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain), Miren Fernández-de-Álava (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) and Aleix Barrera-Corominas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 29
Source title: Multidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kadir Beycioglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) and Petros Pashiardis (Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6591-0.ch004


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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.

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