Middle leadership in schools in the UK: improving design—a subject leader's history

Ribbins, Peter (2007) Middle leadership in schools in the UK: improving design—a subject leader's history. International journal of leadership in education, 10 (1). pp. 13-30. ISSN 1360-3124

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603120600934061

Abstract

The study of leadership in schools today tends to be dominated by a paradigm obsessed with the recent, the relevant, and the principal. Drawing on past and recent reviews of the literature on middle leaders in secondary schools in the UK, eight key criticisms of the field are identified and a case made for an inclusive view to knowledge in which a humanistic, especially a historical, approach is treated seriously. In this context, the bulk of this article reports on an ethnographic study of leadership in a secondary school in England undertaken in the 1980s, and focuses on the story of ‘David Potts’ and on how he transformed the fortunes of a Department of Design Studies.

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Additional Information:The study of leadership in schools today tends to be dominated by a paradigm obsessed with the recent, the relevant, and the principal. Drawing on past and recent reviews of the literature on middle leaders in secondary schools in the UK, eight key criticisms of the field are identified and a case made for an inclusive view to knowledge in which a humanistic, especially a historical, approach is treated seriously. In this context, the bulk of this article reports on an ethnographic study of leadership in a secondary school in England undertaken in the 1980s, and focuses on the story of ‘David Potts’ and on how he transformed the fortunes of a Department of Design Studies.
Keywords:School leadership, School management, School administration
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:667
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:05 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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