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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

Teachers as Professionals
Teachers as professionals

Researching and theorising within educational settings has revealed that positioning and being positioned as a leader, and engaging in the practice of leading and leadership, is a place of contextualised struggle. We can take heart from this because, while policy texts are seeking to settle the terrain, there are other experiences, stories and lives to be recognised and heard. Such alternatives are evident in the everyday practice of educationalists combined with research that seeks to understand, explain and theorise this context, and works to support development around education as being central to democratic governance.

The real lives of heads, senior and middle managers, teachers, students, parents and governors is one of negotiation, conflict and compromise, that is ultimately about power and ...

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