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

Leadership in Educational Studies

Leadership in educational studies

This chapter is about knowledge positions and positioning around leadership through a study of school effectiveness and school improvement, education management, and critical studies. In doing this I use the labels and self-positioning adopted by field members themselves, though my interpretation and critical reading will clearly have an impact. What is also problematic is that positions change or remain stable, and not all positions may be visible or fully in focus. I present the trends and tendencies rather than objectify fixed and certain accounts. I am well aware of the dangers involved because the current anti-intellectual climate in education means that the dialogue I describe could be characterised as bickering. However, leadership is a highly political issue within ...

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