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

Preparing and Preparation

Preparing and preparation

What we know from research and theorising about how people come to be and are prepared for leading and leadership is the focus of this chapter. I draw on knowledge about the personal and professional decisions made by individuals to move into and out of roles, together with work that looks at the contextual settings in which agency is exercised and structured. This work is located mainly in the humanist tradition based on biographies, though important critical work that seeks to connect agency with issues of social justice such as gender enables a rich understanding of the complexities of working lives.

Pathways and Careers

Professional pathways have tended to be theorised through the identification and abstraction of phases or stages (Pascal and ...

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