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ERIC Number: ED488826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 223
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-7619-4370-6
Understanding School Leadership
Earley, Peter; Weindling, Dick
Paul Chapman Publishing
This is one of the most important books on school leadership because it incorporates so much research evidence from the work of the two authors themselves, and such a perceptive and intelligent understanding of the research of others. It provides an opportunity for two of the senior researchers in the field over the last 20 years to reflect on their own significant contribution to research and, with evidence from the work of others wisely selected, to provide a lucid presentation of purposeful research. The book is made up of two parts. In the first part the authors shed light on the changing role and nature of headship, both primary and secondary, while the second part is entitled "Distributed Leadership for School Improvement". Part 1, The Changing Role and Nature of Headship, contains the following chapters: (1) A Changing Discourse: From Management to Leadership (Notions of leadership and management; Theories of leadership; and A changing discourse--from management to the leadership of learning); (2) Stages of Headship (Stages heads went through in the NFER project (1982?94); Professional and organisational socialisation; Stage theories of socialisation; and Transition to headship: stages of socialisation); (3) Who Becomes a Head and How Long Do They Stay? (The road to headship; Future Plans; and Length of tenure and performance); (4) The Changing Appeal and Reality of Headship (The appeal of headship; Motivational Factors; Demotivators; A changing role; Delegation; and Teaching Commitments); (5) Outstanding Leaders (Characteristics of "outstanding" headteachers; Leadership in action; and Values-driven leadership); (6) School Leadership in Action--a Case Study (Keston Infant and Nursery School; Leadership style; Vision and values; and Key themes and issues); (7) Accountability and Ethically Responsible School Leadership (Induction of newly qualified teachers; "Rogue" schools; Professional responsibility and public accountability; and What needs to be done?); aof Leadership (Metaphors and images; Changing metaphors for US principals; Four frames to look at leadership; Empirical work on educational metaphors; UK studies; and Heads of large primary schools). Part 2, Distributed Leadership for School Improvement, contains the following chapters: (9) Senior Management and Leadership Teams--Three Research Projects (Historical perspective; NFER secondary heads project (1982-94); The effective management in schools project--1993); and Leadership in large primary schools project--2002); (10) The Heart of the School? Middle Leaders (The key to school success; Middle managers or middle leaders; National Standards; Teaching and learning; Strategic direction; and Tensions); (11) Governors as Leaders (Do governing bodies matter?; Governors' leadership role; Headteacher selection; and Ways forward); (12) Governors and School Improvement (Governing bodies and school improvement; What inspectors look for; How governors help; Benefits to heads; The effective governing body; Critical friendship; Monitoring and evaluation; and Governor training); (13) Effective Schools and Improvement Strategies (School effectiveness, School improvement, NFER heads' views; and "Failing Schools"); and (14) Developing Leaders and Leadership Capacity (Problems experiences by heads; Training and development needs; Leadership development opportunities; Key features of leadership programmes; Creating a learning community, and Final thoughts). The book then concludes with References, and an Index. (Contains 14 figures and 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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