Leading and Managing Schools
- Helen O'Sullivan - University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland
- John West-Burnham
A key resource for school leaders in their personal and professional study, Leadership and Management in Schools critically appraises issues in leading and managing schools. The editors bring together an array of renowned scholars to inform and stimulate the debate on the future of leadership development in Irish schools.
Each author explores different perspectives and sets a framework for rethinking school leadership and management and an agenda for future research. The book includes in-depth discussions of a broad spectrum of issues encountered by practitioners, such as:
- justice and equality as cornerstones of any educational system and the challenges they pose for those in leadership positions;
- principles of good governance;
- the key positions of accountability and leadership of change.
Inspiring and informative in its style, the authors bring together a range of perspectives on every aspect of school leadership and management, from well known contributors such as Michael Fullan, Ciaran Sugrue and Marty Linsky, creating a unique and rich canvas. Focusing on national and international perspectives this book adds to the growing canon of international studies of school leadership.
With a unique Irish perspective on Leadership and Management, this book provides an authoritative reference point for practitioners, scholars and students of educational leadership and management, as well as for policy makers in Ireland. It is also extremely useful for practitioners, scholars and students nationally and internationally.
'In this text schools are invited not just to search for best practice but to try to invent next practice, to distinguish what is essential from what is expendable and to practice interdependence not just autonomy...The real strength of this text, however, is to be found not in the higher reaches of public policy formation but in the inner sanctum of the school as a 'professional learning community'. It is part road map and part a call to action...The paradigm shift commended in this book as regards school leadership is a breath of fresh air. It is about more than running effective organisations. It suggests a means to create collaborative communities' -
Pat Cox, President of The European Movement International and government advisor
Many thanks for a great resource to use for Continuing Personal Development or action research for school improvement.
This is a well written textbook that carefully considers issues around change. Issues are held together by the common thread of "what's important to the school in the long run" and how the school as a composite team achieve this.
This is a great toolkit for schools to use as internal CPD or action research for school improvement.
This is useful to schools in challenging circumstances or a period of change.
A useful resource for encouraging students to think beyond their working silos.