Understanding Educational Leadership: People, Power And Culture: People, Power and Culture

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McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Jun 1, 2006 - Education - 189 pages
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Improve Your Educational System

No matter what level you are—a senior manager to classroom teacher—this book shows you how you can help build learning communities through collaborating and negotiating with your colleagues, students and students’ parents and carers, as well as with external agencies and local communities, to sustain and develop the enjoyment of successful learning among the members of a school. It looks at how positive cultures can be constructed that support inclusive and exciting teaching, enthusiastic teachers and engaged students, parents and careers.

Drawing on research, this comprehensive book examines topics such as the nature of leadership, especially distributed and teacher leadership; the politics of education management; the construction of inclusive cultures in schools; school improvement; and the construction of collaborative and inclusive work groups. It uses a range of critical perspectives to examine processes of change and the relationships of people in school communities to each other and to their social, economic and policy contexts. It argues that it is essential to develop inclusive education in order to promote student engagement, social justice and equity within formal education.

Understanding Educational Leadership is key reading for you, whether you're a teacher, headteacher, school leaders, policy makers, Education students and practitioner who has an interest in improving schooling.


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Chapter 01 Considering schools as organizations and communities
Chapter 02 Mediating the external policy contexts of schools
Chapter 03 Where power lies within schools
Chapter 04 School leaders as politicians
Chapter 05 The heart of the matter
Chapter 06 Creating cultures
Chapter 07 Leading and constructing the curriculum
Chapter 08 Developing cultures of learning in subject areas
Chapter 09 Strategies of success at middle leader level
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Dr Hugh Busher is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leicester, where he is deputy director of the international Doctor of Education programme. He has had extensive experience of teaching in secondary schools and in universities where he has supervised Trainee teachers as well as Masters and Doctorla students. He is Coordinator of a British Educational Research Association (BERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leading and Managing Schools and Colleges and a member of BERA Council. His research interests focus on aspects of Education that include: school-based leadership in particular socio-political contexts; the construction of organisational cultures of inclusion and social justice; teacher professional development; and the impact of power and values on the micro-politics of school-based decision-making.

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