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Theories of Educational Leadership and Management - Tony Bush

Theories of Educational Leadership and Management

By: Tony Bush

Paperback Published: 30th November 2010
ISBN: 9781848601918
Number Of Pages: 232

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In this established text Tony Bush presents the major theories of educational management, and links them to contemporary policy and practice. Leadership continues to be one of the major criteria used to differentiate the models; but the author now makes clear links between educational management theories and the main models of leadership.

The author applies the models to a range of international contexts, including both developed and developing countries. This relates to global interest in concepts of leadership and management and to an increasing recognition of the need to customize theory and practice to each context and culture rather than adopting a `one size fits all' approach.

For the Fourth Edition, the essential conceptual models remain. New case study material has been added from the full range of education and non-school settings, from early years through to further and higher education. Each chapter now includes key words, summary and end of chapter materials including issues for discussion. Key terms are defined in-text for the non-expert reader and all references and relevant key legislation details have been fully updated.

This book is essential reading for all teachers who aspire to management, as well as for experienced leaders on Masters' level courses, and for those studying school management as part of education studies degrees.

'Much has changed in educational leadership and management since the first edition appeared in 1986. Preparation for leadership in schools, colleges, and universities has radically changed in many parts of the world during these decades. Throughout this period, the editions of Tony Bush's book have remained a significant resource for scholars, students and practitioners, reflecting both continuities and evolution in leadership and management theory. This latest edition provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the range of relevant theory and ways of thinking about the interplay of different theories. It is a foundational text for all those interested in how educational leadership and management can be understood and developed' -
Professor Jacky Lumby,
University of Southampton

'At a time when education is about instrumental delivery and can do

enthusiasm for reforms, it is heartening to see that a book about

theory and theorising is in its fourth edition. Tony Bush's focus on

helping the field to describe and understand practice is helpful and

crucial for professional learning and development' -
Professor Helen M Gunter
University of Manchester

Prefacep. ix
The Importance of Leadership and Management for Educationp. 1
What is educational management?p. 1
What is educational leadership?p. 5
Distinguishing educational leadership and managementp. 8
The chronology of educational leadership and managementp. 10
Decentralization and self-managementp. 12
The significance of the educational contextp. 14
Instructional leadershipp. 16
Conclusionp. 18
Models of Educational Leadership and Managementp. 23
The theory/practice dividep. 23
The relevance of theory to good practicep. 25
The nature of theoryp. 26
The characteristics of theoryp. 29
Diversity in educational leadership and managementp. 30
Models of educational management: an introductionp. 33
Models of educational leadership: an introducationp. 36
Formal Modelsp. 40
Central features of formal modelsp. 40
Structural modelsp. 42
Systems modelsp. 44
Bureaucratic modelsp. 47
Rational Modelsp. 50
Hierarchical modelsp. 53
Formal models: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 54
Managerial leadershipp. 60
The limitations of formal modelsp. 62
Conclusion: are formal models still valid?p. 66
Collegial Modelsp. 72
Central features of collegial modelsp. 72
Collegial models in higher educationp. 76
Collegial models in secondary schoolsp. 77
Collegial models in primary schoolsp. 79
Collegial models: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 80
Transformational leadershipp. 84
Participative leadershipp. 87
Distributed leadershipp. 88
Limitations of collegial modelsp. 91
Conclusion: is collegiality an unattainable ideal?p. 95
Political modelsp. 99
Central features of political modelsp. 99
Baldridge's political modelp. 107
Sources of power in educationp. 108
Political strategies in educationp. 112
Political models: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 113
Transactional leadershipp. 119
The limitations of political modelsp. 120
Conclusion: are political models valid?p. 122
Subjective Modelsp. 126
Central features of subjective modelsp. 126
Subjective models and qualitative researchp. 132
Subjective models: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 134
Postmodern leadershipp. 138
Emotional leadershipp. 140
The limitations of subjective modelsp. 140
Conclusion: the importance of the individualp. 143
Ambiguity Modelsp. 147
Central features of ambiguity modelsp. 147
The garbage can modelp. 154
Applying the ambiguity model: Oakfields Schoolp. 156
Ambiguity models: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 158
Contingent leadershipp. 164
The limitations of ambiguity modelsp. 165
Conclusion: ambiguity or rationality?p. 167
Cultural Modelsp. 170
What do we mean by culture?p. 170
Societal culturep. 172
Central features of organizational culturep. 174
Developing a learning culturep. 177
Organizational culture: goals, structure, environment and leadershipp. 179
Moral leadershipp. 184
Limitations of organizational culturep. 186
Conclusion: values and actionp. 188
Conclusionp. 192
Comparing the management modelsp. 192
Comparing the leadership modelsp. 198
Applying the models to schools and collegesp. 204
Attempts at synthesisp. 208
Using theory to improve practicep. 210
Author Indexp. 214
Subject Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9781848601918
ISBN-10: 1848601913
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 30th November 2010
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised