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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (14 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761940561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761940562
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`its unique contribution is the exploration of links between leadership discourses and the themes that have emerged from the school effectiveness movements since the 1980s. Riley and MacBeath provide one of the most valuable contributions to the volume by arguing that there are no generic recipes for educational leadership but ingredients which need to be carefully selected with a knowledge of specific contexts and needs.

I would use this book with graduate students and practitioners seeking to develop a perspective about contemporary educational leadership. Its greatest contribution is its exploration of the links between effective leadership and effective education. The book also provides optimism in that many of the authors have not capitulated to the reductionist visions of the past two decades. There is still hope that educational theorists and practitioners view the life world as the true source of educational inspiration' - Journal of Educational Administration

`Leadership is the theme of this decade. This series provides an enormously valuable overview of all the critical issues involved in designing leadership as the main strategy for educational reform.... A great and timely collection'- Michael Fullan, Dean, OISE/University of Toronto

'Excellent value-for-money... can be recommended to those who with to have an authoritative source from which to update their knowledge in a particular filed yet have not the time to cover the complete corpus of core literature.' - Educational Research

About the Author

Dr Megan Crawford is Professor and Director of Plymouth Institute of Education and was formerly Reader in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Deputy Head of the Faculty. . Her research encompasses principal preparation, teacher development, and emotion and leadership. She teaches on Masters and Doctoral programme and is especially interested in the relationship between theory and practice. Megan is a National Leader of Governance in England, and has been a governor at six primary and secondary schools. She is currently Chair of Governors of an outstanding secondary school which she has been with since it was a green field.  She is on the Executive of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS www.belmas.org.uk.), and was its Chair from 2009-11 Megan has worked internationally in diverse places including Canada, Japan, and Iceland. Megan’s previous book on emotion and leadership was published in 2009.

 


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This is a collection of readings for an MSc course on Educational Leadership. It is one of the set texts in a module on leadership that I am taking. Some of the chapters are brilliant but a few of them are rather dull and repetitive and could have been shortened considerably as the key point is presented on the first page and the repeated constantly.

The book is broken into five sections. The first outlines what are the current policies and values and sets the scene for the rest of the book with some interesting stories that show the need for a more holistic approach and that we are often in danger of not seeing the wood for the trees. The next section summarises the current understanding of educational leadership reviewing leadership theory and discussing the concepts of power, management and leadership. The key point is that management and leadership are two different approaches. One is the very business-like and structural while the other is much more about transformation. Of these chapters Grint - The arts of leadership is perhaps the most important and also most accessible.

The third section is about preparing for leadership and asks questions about if and how new leaders can be prepared. How and when should we train leaders? After all most times leaders will begin on the same pathway as those they are leading. So what are the properties needed by leaders? In management these are defined as competencies but this is not an approach advocated by the authors of these chapters. There is an interesting case study from the NHS. The fourth section is on the practice of leadership and from this section I was surprised that the chapters I most agreed with were those on masculinities and cross-cultural perspectives which looked at how native Americans view leadership.
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Very good book, very good service
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