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Conceptions of Diversity Among Finnish Principals (2024)

Jantunen, A., Heikonen, L., Ahtiainen, R., Fonsén, E., & Kallioniemi, A. (2024). Conceptions of Diversity Among Finnish Principals. In R. Ahtiainen, E. Hanhimäki, J. Leinonen, M. Risku, & A.-S. Smeds-Nylund (Eds.), Leadership in Educational Contexts in Finland : Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (pp. 217-234). Springer. Educational Governance Research, 23. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-37604-7_11

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All authors or editorsJantunen, Anita; Heikonen, Lauri; Ahtiainen, Raisa; Fonsén, Elina; Kallioniemi, Arto

Parent publicationLeadership in Educational Contexts in Finland : Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Parent publication editorsAhtiainen, Raisa; Hanhimäki, Eija; Leinonen, Jaana; Risku, Mika; Smeds-Nylund, Ann-Sofie



Journal or seriesEducational Governance Research



Publication year2024

Publication date07/10/2023

Number in series23

Pages range217-234

Number of pages in the book390


Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/89611


Principals have a crucial role when leading the school community towards more responsive and equitable education. Changes in Finnish society have occurred rapidly, and there is a gap in Finnish research concerning diversity in education and leadership. Our aim with this study was to form an understanding of Finnish comprehensive school principals’ conceptions of diversity. Richard Milner’s (2010) outlining of the conceptual repertoires of diversity formed the basis for this examination. This study is a quantitative analysis of the responses of Finnish comprehensive school principals to a questionnaire. The results were obtained through two separate analyses: descriptive analysis about principals’ approaches to conceptions of diversity and cluster analysis to identify the profiles of principals based on their diversity conceptions. As a result, we described Finnish principals’ conceptions of diversity, as well as identifying five profiles: the Encouragers, the Understanders, the Delegators, the Adjusters and the Discreets.

Keywordsleadership (properties)education and trainingheadmasterscomprehensive schooldiversity

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