Approaches to Recruiting School Principals in Russian University Cities as a Means of Educational Quality Enhancement



This paper discusses the outcome of the research that was conducted as part of the projects completed in the Centre for Leadership Development in Education, Institute of Education and Faculty of Business and Management, NRU HSE in 2017—2018.The research was carried out in two university cities of the Russian Federation — Moscow and Tomsk — and was based on Alan Rowe’s methodology. The target of the research is the decision-making styles applied by state-funded school principals. The research aims to establish trends in the employment policy in the two cities and claims that it is characterized by the ratio of the number of principles with a peculiar decision-making style to the total number of principles in the sample. The paper contains questionnaire data, focus-groups data and transcripts of interviews with principles and members of their management teams. The outcome correlates with the major structural and employment reforms that have been made in Moscow within the last 7 years.

General Information

Keywords: school principal, employment policy in education, Alan Rowe’s methodology, Moscow, Tomsk

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Bayburin R.F., Kasprzhak A.G., Filinov N.B. Approaches to Recruiting School Principals in Russian University Cities as a Means of Educational Quality Enhancement. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 5–20. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230401. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Rustam F. Bayburin, Analyst of the Centre for Leadership Development in Education, Institute of Education, NRU HSE, Deputy Principal, Lyceum of NRU HSE, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Anatoly G. Kasprzhak, PhD in Education, Director, Center for Leadership Development in Education, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nikolay B. Filinov, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor, Professor, Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, Honored Worker of the Higher School of the Russian Federation, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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