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Leading Schools in Times of Change

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st May 2000
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm
Weight: 330g
ISBN-10: 0335205836
ISBN-13: 9780335205837
Barcode No: 9780335205837
Synopsis
Leadership of schools in changing times is fraught with opportunities and challenges. Leaders are expected to manage competing interests, to create conditions which form the foundation for lifelong learning, to sustain the motivation and morale of staff and to raise achievement levels of all students. This book seeks to meet this need. It considers effective leadership and management of schools from the perspectives of headteachers, teachers, students, ancillaries, governors and parents in a variety of reputationally good schools of different phases, locations an size. Through a mixture of participants' accounts and analysis of leadership theory, this book reveals a number of characteristics of headteachers who are both effective and successful: the centrality of personal values, people-centred leadership and the ability to manage tensions and dilemmas. the authors propose a post-transformational theory that reflects the complexity of leadership behaviour in the 21st century, suggesting that reliance upon rational, managerialist theory as the basis for training is inappropriate for the values-led contingency model that represents successful school leadership.

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