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Principles of School Leadership

Second Edition
Edited by:

November 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Mark Brundrett's influential book offers a unique mix of theory and practical guidance, showing you how to apply leadership techniques and approaches. This new and revised edition includes sections on:

  • Key concepts in the theory of educational leadership and management
  • The practice of educational leadership and management
  • Developing educational leaders

Focused and accessible, the book contains helpful pedagogical features:

  • An overview and key learning aims at the start of each chapter
  • Discussion and summaries of key research, figures, and a clear discussion of the main issues

Written by leading academics in the field, chapters cover key topics: such as: strategy, leading teaching and learning, leading and managing staff, the efficient and effective deployment of resources, and working with the community. This book is essential reading for acting or aspiring school leaders on CPD programs and graduate courses.


Mark Brundrett
Introduction
 
PART ONE: KEY CONCEPTS IN THE THEORY OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
John West-Burnham
Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership
Mark Brundrett
Leading and Managing Change
Philip Hallinger and Ronald H. Heck
Leadership for Learning: Does Collaborative Leadership Make a Difference?
Bert Creemers, Leonidas Kyriakides, and Panayiotis Antoniou
School Effectiveness and Improvement: Using a Dynamic Approach to Improve Quality in Education
 
PART TWO: THE PRACTICE OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Brent Davies and Barbara J. Davies
The Nature and Dimensions of Strategic Leadership
Simon Clarke and Tom O'Donoghue
Pursuing Leadership for Learning in the School: Form Must Follow Function
Justine Mercer
Leading and Managing People
Neil Burton
The Effective Deployment of Resources
Christopher Rhodes
Leading for Quality and Accountability
Megan Crawford
Overlapping Social Spheres: The Social Domain of Schools, Parents and the Community
 
PART THREE: DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL LEADERS
Philip Hallinger and Kamontip Snidvongs
Educating 21st Century School Leaders: Learning from MBA Programmes
Wei Zhang
Developing Middle Leaders: The Problematic Nature of Socialization Theory and Leadership Learning
Deirdre Torrance
The Transition to Headship/ Principalship
Darren A. Bryant, Allan Walker and Moosung Lee
The Impact of International, National, and Local Forces on the Enactment of Quality Leadership Preparation Programmes

'This book is an excellent resource for graduate students in educational leadership programs. Clearly written chapters and sections contributed by an array of internationally recognized senior scholars of educational leadership. Connections between leadership concepts and practices are presented clearly and thoroughly, with particular attention to the development of leaders'
-- Ken Brien, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick


'This book skilfully integrates both theory and research with practical ideas and approaches around effective school leadership practice.

While it covers a wide range of key and topical educational leadership issues, it does so with a refreshing depth of analysis, offering perceptive insights closely tied to highly relevant research. In particular, it deepens our understanding of the symbiotic nature of the relationship between effective school leadership and learning and the factors that are essential for success.

There is a very real challenge in trying to produce an educational leadership text that meets the varied and differing needs of students, academics and practitioners in the field. That this book does so with consummate skill is testimony to the expertise of Mark Brundrett and his team of highly experienced contributors'
- Graham Thomson, Director, Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration, University of Edinburgh


'This book provides a clear conceptual framework for intelligent school leaders to draw upon and critically reflect on some of the important issues facing them in the twenty first century. The very best chapters (for example, those by John West-Burnham, Brent and Barbara Davies, Megan Crawford) enable the reader to relate the theoretical underpinning of research into educational leadership and management to their own practice, present and future. Every school leader who cares deeply about the best provision for their pupils and students will gain something from reflection upon such chapters and their significance for themselves and the leaders that come after them'

-- David Middlewood, Warwick Institute of Education, University of Warwick



A very useful book for those aspiring to school leadership.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 26, 2015

I have and continue to recommend this book to all my students across the PG courses I am Director for as well as to practitioners engaged in ongoing professional development. It is an excellent text which is highly accessible in bringing together the practice and theory lenses.

Ms Deirdre Torrance
Education , Edinburgh Univ.
September 12, 2014

A useful text to support leaders and aspiring leaders during their studies on leadership programmes. It offers a concise tour of some current key issues in education leadership. A relevant range of topics, grounded practically are integrated effectively within theoretical discussions.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
February 28, 2013

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample Chapter: Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership