|Nick Foskett||University of Southampton|
|Jacky Lumby||University of Southampton|
|© 2003||240 pages||SAGE Publications Ltd|
`Foskett and Lumby's book forms an important and a timely contribution to comparative international studies of educational leadership…. In challenging a range of deeply embedded suppositions about leading and managing in education the authors remind us regularly that the mightiest task of even the most accomplished transformational leader, or radical government policy, is to transform values, attitudes and professional culture. So this exposition of similarities and contrasts in practices makes a useful contribution to the literature on educational leadership in this country and beyond' - David Wood, Journal of Inservice Education
This accessible book provides a critical review of educational leadership and management from an international perspective. It addresses the expectation that practitioners and students of educational management and administration will have an international perspective on their roles, responsibilities and tasks. Increasingly, teachers as education leaders are expected to keep pace with developments in other school and college systems, and to engage with international networks to debate and exchange practical experience.
The book covers a series of key themes in educational leadership, drawing on a wide range of examples, including:
- Learners and learning
- People and communities in education
- Managing strategy and resources
- Learning futures and the changing challenges for educational leaders.
In this context the authors:
- Describe the international landscape of leadership and management.
- Provide an overview of practice in different national settings.
- Identify global patterns and trends.
- Challenge some of the accepted norms in leadership and management.
- Build managers' confidence as part of a global community of professional educators.
- Support informed choice about policy and practice from government to school.
This is a key text for students of educational leadership and management as well as for managers and administrators in schools, colleges and other educational settings.