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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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The Importance of Lifelong Learning for the Quality of Educational Work in Relation to the Leadership Efficiency of School Principals



The Quality of Educational Work

The demand for quality improvement of educational work is an important issue which concerns the contemporary educational community, forming strong pillars for its application and promotion.

Starting from the word quality, it has a highly polysemous sense with numerous underlying meanings (Harvey & Green, 1993), as it is related to:

• the excellence: quality is related to the pursuing of distinctions and the implementation of high standards (i.e. compliance with recognised standards of excellence);

• the perfection: it focuses on achieving quality in internal processes rather than in the accomplishment of imperative outgoing standards;

• the fitness for purpose: quality is synonymous with the achievement of predetermined and defined objectives;

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