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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.

Leadership, Participation and Power in the School System
Leadership, participation and power in the school system

The standards agenda is beginning to crumble and in its place is emerging a process of school transformation based on collaboration and networking. This principle is at the very heart of system redesign. (Harris, 2008: 58)

Distributed leadership is undoubtedly the leadership idea of the moment. (Harris, 2008: 13)

Distributed leadership within schools and networks among schools are two central themes in the field of school leadership in England and internationally (OECD, 2003). I am going to argue, drawing on and extending two earlier articles (Hatcher, 2005, 2008), that how the dominant academic and policy paradigm within the field addresses the question of power in and over the school system – managerial ...

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