Heads' crisis case unproven
It is dangerous to generalise from a study with such low response rates, as it is well known that non-respondents differ from respondents in important respects. It is entirely possible, for example, that the majority of institutions were too busy dealing with applications for leadership posts to return the questionnaire.
For The TES to suggest that Professor Howson's research provides adequate evidence of a "crisis" or even a "shortage" of applicants is misleading.
The low response rates effectively invalidate any findings and your uncritical coverage risks influencing policy and practice in potentially damaging ways.
Dr Patrick WhiteDepartment of Sociology University of Leicester University Road Leicester