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

Headteachers and Principals

Headteachers and principals

Finding out about the professional lives and work of principals and headteachers is an international research phenomenon and in this chapter I present what we know about the work of principals/headteachers. I draw mainly on qualitative evidence that has been gathered from and about headteachers regarding experiences. I investigate critical approaches regarding how headship is being shaped and restructured in particular ways for particular purposes.

Headteachers and their Work

Burgess (1984) argues that the lack of empirical work on headship has not stopped people writing about it. What work there is on headship tends to be about mainsteam secondary headteachers, and even less is known about primary and special education headteachers (Pascal and Ribbins, 1998; Rayner and Ribbins, 1999). Knowledge about other ...

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