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 and Students

Teachers and students

From this stage in presenting struggles within leadership, I now move into work that demonstrates and illuminates the teacher–student relationship as the place where we need to refocus our attention. This is a different type of leadership to the one that the policy context is presenting, and it is a different type of teacher–student relationship to the one required to enable PRP to operate. As Sergiovanni (1998) argues the drive to improve student performance has led to:

  • Bureaucratic leadership: focus on mandated outcomes through monitoring and evaluation.
  • Visionary leadership: focus on motivating people with the change imperative.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership: focus on competition within the marketplace.

These leadership strategies are central to current officially approved approaches to leadership which are placing educational professionals and students ...

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