Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas

Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas

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by Daniel Murphy
     
 

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The ideal school leader is often portrayed heroically, as someone who is able to drive forward an agenda of change and improvement whatever the challenges. Yet the experience of school leadership is more complex. School leaders often find gaps between their aspirations and the tensions and moral uncertainties of the job, leading to high levels of personal and

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The ideal school leader is often portrayed heroically, as someone who is able to drive forward an agenda of change and improvement whatever the challenges. Yet the experience of school leadership is more complex. School leaders often find gaps between their aspirations and the tensions and moral uncertainties of the job, leading to high levels of personal and professional stress. These tensions arise between individuals and groups within plural school communities whilst the competing priorities set for the education system by its political masters are exacerbated by the competing values and interests found in our complex societies. In schools, this gives rise to specific and unavoidable dilemmas which affect individuals deeply, dilemmas which can occur on a daily basis. Daniel Murphy uses this concept of ‘dilemmas’ to rebalance our understanding of the work of school leaders. The perspectives of three disciplines - psychology, politics and ethics - are brought to bear on the dilemmas; this ‘3-D’ perspective offers a fuller analysis of what is at stake. It provides those on leadership training programmes with a broad understanding of factors which contribute to the experience, as well as the aspiration, of leadership. The book also offers important insights into what the dilemmas tell us about the character of all public service in complex plural democracies. Such analysis is often a necessary first stage in facing up to difficult dilemmas. The book concludes with a ‘toolkit’ which can be used by school leaders in such situations, together with some worked examples. It is an invaluable resource for school leaders and those training for school leadership roles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903544853
Publisher:
Dunedin Academic Press Ltd
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
File size:
802 KB

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Daniel Murphy, founder Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University of Edinburgh and successful head teacher in three Scottish secondary schools, is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Moray House School of Education.

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