Leadership within educational settings is widely regarded as essential for organizational effectiveness and the improvement of learning outcomes. Through an extensive review of theory and practice, Helen Gunter explores the contested field of leadership studies. She describes and critiques the different contributions made by · education management · school effectiveness · school improvement · critical studies. Leadership is examined as function, as behaviour and as leadership relationship, from students as leaders, through to headteachers. The author provides an up-to-date review of current thinking about leadership, which challenges the reader to engage wit

Challenging Leadership

Challenging leadership

News headlines continue to tell us that there is a crisis in education: ‘4,000 teacher jobs cannot be filled’ (Dean, 2000a), ‘Schools policy crisis as third superhead quits’ (Carvel and Mulholland, 2000), and, ‘Poverty no excuse for failure, says Blunkett’ (Carvel, 2000). It seems that what we need is more leadership of educational institutions, with superheads being drafted in to turn ‘failing’ schools around. The questions I explore in his book are why leadership and why now? And, is it educational leadership? This is problematic for leadership watchers and practitioners because, even though popular models seem to suggest that we have settled the debate, it is still the case that we know little about the realities and possibilities for leaders, leading and ...

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