Reviews: Institutional management

17 reviews found for "Institutional management"
Book review : Developing school leaders : an international perspective
This is a book review of Developing school leaders : an international perspective edited by Mark Brundrett and Megan Crawford, published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415435727. It was reviewed by Linda Jones of Learn2 Associates on behalf of ESCalate. This book offers a balanced, historical account of the global and glocalised contexts shaping educational management systems for the future. The eleven chapters have been loosely scripted in...
Book review : Developing sustainable leadership
This is a book review of Developing sustainable leadership, edited by Brent Davies and published by Paul Chapman Publishing in 2007, ISBN 1412923964. It was reviewed by Simon Atkinson of the University of Hull on behalf of ESCalate. The fourteen authors brought together by Professor Davies provide a thought provoking, but evidently practical collection of essays which provoke reflection, criticism and at times frustration. The volume begins with...
Book review : Leadership : professional communities of leadership practice in post-compulsory education
This is a book review of Leadership : professional communities of leadership practice in post-compulsory education by Jill Jameson, published by ESCalate in 2008, ISBN 9781905788828. It was reviewed by Deborah Lee of Nottingham Trent University. This title is part of the ESCalate Discussions in Education series and explores professional communities of leadership practice in post-compulsory education. Sections of this pamphlet are titled: what is...
Book review : The Higher Education manager's handbook : effective leadership and management in universities and colleges
This is a book review of The Higher Education manager's handbook : effective leadership and management in universities and colleges by Peter McCaffery, published by Routledge in 2004, ISBN 9780415335072. It was reviewed by Claire Taylor of Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln on behalf of ESCalate. It covers the broader Higher Education environment before tackling specific topics such as leadership vs. management, performance management,...
Book Review: Educational Planning and Management in Small States: Concepts and Experiences
The eighteen case studies range from the changing role of education officials in Botswana, through the management of stress amongst Cypriot headteachers, to assessing the reasons for failure in a technical and vocational initiative in St Kitts-Nevis. The case studies are divided into two sections, eight essentially dealing with issues in educational management and ten with issues in educational planning
Book review: Ethical educational leadership in turbulent times: (re) solving moral dilemmas
This is a book review of Ethical educational leadership in turbulent times: (re) solving moral dilemmas edited by Joan Poliner Shapiro and Steven Jay Gross, published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 9780805856002. It was reviewed by Stephen Parker of the University of Worcester on behalf of ESCalate. This book describes leadership in terms of its moral purpose and effects, proposing a theoretical framework – the Multiple Ethical Paradigm – within...
Book Review: How to Improve your School
This is a timely and very useful book that anyone who teaches in and organises our schools would benefit from reading. It is timely because the notion of “student voice” has gathered a momentum in recent years. It is a current educational bandwagon and this book is very useful in terms of offering a rationale, putting it in context and highlighting good practice. It provides an overview of this development in education that 'has developed at an...
Book Review: Improving School Effectiveness
The school improvement movement grew out of the school effectiveness one, and departed from some of its methodologies and underpinning concerns, in fundamental ways. So, putting the two notions together into the improvement of effectiveness, in the title at least, is intriguing. And this book sets out to weave the two notions together. Reviewing findings from a major study carried out in Scotland between 1995 and 1997, the Improving School...
Book Review: Leading and Managing People in Education
This book consists of 13 chapters divided into three parts. Part one consists of three chapters, one setting the context, one dealing with leading and managing for performance and the third looking at the importance of support staff in schools and colleges. The second part explores a number of key concepts, including cultures, structures, staff motivation and morale, equal opportunities and teams. The final part examines five key issues, namely...
Book Review: Learning Organisations - What they are and how to become one
'Learning Organisations' (Clarke, 2001) contains a range of practical material focusing on how to become a learning organisation and why. It contains chapters on management, cross-team-working, shared beliefs, goals, objectives, and delegation of responsibility and authority
Book Review: Making Sense of Research: What's good, what's not and how to tell the difference
This volume, like its authors, brings together the experience of leadership in schools and the commitment to academic study. The authors' purpose is to provide a book giving a framework that practising teachers and school administrators can use to identify academic research that can be practically useful. The premise of the volume is that there is important guidance to be found in the research literature on policy issues which have direct impact...
Book Review: Managing Further Education
This book is a bold attempt to help fill the gaping hole in research, in post compulsory education and training, on the effects of the incorporation of FE colleges in 1993, particularly those that have changed managerial policy and practice
Book Review: Managing the Learning University
The book is clearly well researched and challenging about exactly what the role of the university now is, and then discussing the difficulty of managing ' learning universities'
Book Review: Raising Standards in Post-16 Education
This vast integrated resource pack aims to offer 'a comprehensive guide to best practice at four leading Beacon Sixth Form Colleges'. It comes in the form of six DVDs and a users' guide. (It may also be purchased in video form, though some of the advantages of DVD are lost as a result). Users are also given a password allowing access to a dedicated website. Nine hours of video and documents offer linked examples of good practice in four college...
Book Review: Teachers Leading Change: Doing Research for School Improvement
The origins of this text are in a programme run at Canterbury Christ Church University and the resulting book is the product of over 10 years development of a method that seems to work well. The authors recognise the complexity of the world that change agents in education inhabit. There are discussions on the policy context, a chapter on school culture and a useful but brief section on social capital, which should open teachers’ eyes to new ways...
Book Review: The Enterprising University - Reform, Excellence and Equity
Writers such as Evans (2002) and Barnett (2003) argue the case that enterprise in the context of higher education is a pernicious ideology. Williams (2003) and his fellow contributors appear for the defence and are much more positive in their views and are prepared to see it as potentially virtuous. In general what the book offers is an exploration, through a series of case studies and evaluations, of the extent to which an enterprising...
Book Review: The Principles and Practice of Educational Management
'The Principles and Practice of Educational Management' is the course reader for the MBA in Educational Management at Leicester University where Les Bell is Professor of Educational Management and Director of the Doctorate of Education programme. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of educational management issues; beginning with policy and management contexts, leadership, vision and strategic planning, then examining more particular areas such as...