Leadership in Education

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Overview

'Leadership in education is receiving increasing attention, and this text contributes much to the debate. A useful text that will appeal to a wide audience of senior managers, teachers, programme designers and researchers' - Learning and Skills Research

'If one were on a fact-finding mission to gain insight into leadership thought and practice in education, then this book is an excellent resource' - Education News

'This book makes an excellent contribution to the current debate on Educational Leadership. It blends theory with practice and provides an important resource for many aspects of leadership development programmes at a variety of levels. The book will appeal to the academic reader, the postgraduate student and those involved in providing leadership courses at a professional level. There is an international perspective on the analysis of leadership theory and practice, integrating examples from a variety of cultural settings and exploring education at all phases from primary to higher' - Stephen Merrill, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Journal of In-Service Education

'Leadership in Education offers an excellent analysis of the current debate: well informed on research and practice, positive but critical. It is particularly strong on what it calls "the railway-bookstall offerings of context-independent leadership "…. There is a great deal of practical wisdom within these very accessible pages' - Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement

This book deals with leadership in all sectors, from primary to higher education. It presents an international perspective on the analysis of leadership theory and practice, with the integration of exemplars from different cultural settings.

The authors provide a wide range of conceptual perspectives on leadership. Themes include:

- the efficacy of centralized versus distributed concepts of leadership

- the contrast between competency and academic models of leadership development

- the contradistinction between functionalist and democratic models of leadership.

These themes are developed in four sections:

- Conceptualization

- Leadership development

- Teachers as leaders

- Leadership in practice

Contributors include:

Clive Dimmock, Peter Gronn, Marianne Coleman, Peter Ribbins, Ray Bolam, Peter Newton, Kenneth Leithwood, Helen Gunter, Lynn Davis, Clive Harber and Graham Peeke

This book is recommended to all involved in educational management, particularly to students, teachers, researchers, policy makers and educational administrators.

The Centre for Educational Leadership and Management series, edited by Tony Bush, examines the impact of the many changes in the management of schools and colleges, drawing on empirical evidence. The approach if analytical rather than descriptive and generates conclusions about the most effective ways of managing schools on the basis of research evidence.

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Meet the Author

Professor Mark Brundrett is Professor of Educational Research and Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Services at Liverpool John Moores University (CERES).

Neil Burton is Partnership Manager and Associate Tutor of education masters courses with the University of Leicester, having worked in teacher education for several universities for the past 20 years. He is a member of the editorial board of Education 3-13 and is a recent past Chair of the Association for the Study of Primary Education. In addition to working with several school-based initial teacher training providers, he also teaches children (6-18 years-old) in schools on a regular basis for the joy of it.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: CONCEPTUALISING LEADERSHIP
Leadership in Learning-Centred Schools - Clive Dimmock
Cultural Context, Functions and Qualities
Leadership's Place in a Community of Practice - Peter Gronn
Gender in Educational Leadership - Marianne Coleman
PART TWO: DEVELOPING LEADERS, DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP
Biography and the Study of School Leader Careers - Peter Ribbins
Towards a Humanistic Approach
Models of Leadership Development - Ray Bolam
Learning from International Experience and Research
The National College for School Leadership - Peter Newton
Its Role in Developing Leaders
PART THREE: TEACHERS AS LEADERS
Teacher Leadership - Kenneth Leithwood
Its Nature, Development and Impact on Schools and Students
Teacher Leadership - Helen M Gunter
Prospects and Possibilities
Effective Leadership for War and Peace - Clive Harber and Lynn Davies
PART FOUR: PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE
Leading High-Performing Schools - Mark Brundrett and Neil Burton
Leadership in Further Education - Graham Peeke
Leadership in UK Higher Education - David Watson

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