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Drawing together current thinking and research by leading writers in the field, Educational Leadership will help you to understand and critically analyze key strategic aspects of educational leadership, including: leadership perspectives and values; external and internal contexts; autonomy and accountability; partnership and collaboration; leading strategy and change

The book explores major challenges for educational leaders in managing the increasingly permeable boundary between educational organizations and their external contexts, and reconciling environmental expectations and internal priorities. It will encourage you to positively problematize the field and reflect on current debates and issues.

This book is an essential resource for providers and students of graduate courses in educational leadership and management, as well as those involved in undertaking professional development programs. It will also serve the reflective practitioner as personal reference when occupying or aspiring towards leadership roles in schools, colleges and other educational organizations.

Reframing the Role of Organizations in Policy Implementation: Resources for Practice, in Practice
Reframing the role of organizations in policy implementation: Resources for practice, in practice
James P.Spillane, Louis M.Gomez and LeighMesler
Introduction

In this chapter we revisit the local organization and its role in policy implementation.

We begin by examining ‘change’ and ‘organization’ – two key constructs in the study of the role of local organizations in policy implementation. Our discussion points to the complexity of the term change and, following Karl Weick (1979), argues for thinking about organizations in terms of organizing. Next, we argue for thinking about organizing and implementation in terms of resources that enable and constrain practice as it unfolds in the interactions among two or more people. Resources are constellations of physical, financial, ...

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