Leadership and management: More tips for the top

16th January 2004 at 00:00

Developing Educational Leadership: using evidence for policy and practice
Edited by Lesley Anderson and Nigel Bennett
Sage Publications pound;18.99

Education Management in Managerialist Times
By Martin Thrupp and Robert Willmott
Open University Press pound;19.99

Theories of Educational Leadership and Management
By Tony Bush
Sage Publications pound;19.99

School Leadership
Edited by Jim O'Brien, Daniel Murphy and Janet Draper
Dunedin Press, pound;9.95

The Elements of Leadership: what you should know
By Sarah Noonan
Scarecrow Education pound;20.95

The supply of new books on management is apparently endless. Increasingly, they focus on education. How valuable are they? What, if anything, can practitioners or policy makers learn from them?

That's the question Developing Educational Leadership sets out to answer. How, in real life, do you negotiate and evaluate mountains of research material? For the contributors, the answer lies in "systematic review" - whereby a given field - leadership studies, for instance - is "mapped" into its component parts and the research that relates to those elements (much of it now on the web) systematically surveyed for validity, relevance and applicability. These are researchers writing for researchers, remember; even so, they admit it is easier said than done.

Read more in this week's TES Friday magazine


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