The evolving role of the head of department

Kerry, Trevor (2005) The evolving role of the head of department. London Review of Education, 3 (1). pp. 65-80. ISSN 1474-8479

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14748460500036284

Abstract

This paper examines three concepts relating to the role of heads of department (HoDs) in secondary schools: boundary management; the roles of subject leadership and departmental functioning as HoD activities; and the place of HoDs in evolving school hierarchies. To throw light on the last an empirical study is reported that explores hierarchies in middle management across three professions, and draws comparisons. The paper rejects boundary management as an appropriate model. It concludes that hierarchical models in education are very different from those in the military or in business and establishes a typology against which to view the research data.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This paper examines three concepts relating to the role of heads of department (HoDs) in secondary schools: boundary management; the roles of subject leadership and departmental functioning as HoD activities; and the place of HoDs in evolving school hierarchies. To throw light on the last an empirical study is reported that explores hierarchies in middle management across three professions, and draws comparisons. The paper rejects boundary management as an appropriate model. It concludes that hierarchical models in education are very different from those in the military or in business and establishes a typology against which to view the research data.
Keywords:secondary education, heads of department, Boundary management, subject leadership
Subjects:X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:990
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:23 Jul 2007
Last Modified:14 Aug 2011 17:24

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