Geoff Southworth's Looking Into Primary Headship: A Research Based PDF

By Geoff Southworth

ISBN-10: 0203486196

ISBN-13: 9780203486191

ISBN-10: 0585452695

ISBN-13: 9780585452692

ISBN-10: 0750703717

ISBN-13: 9780750703710

This is often either a learn of management and a learn tools textual content. It bargains an analytical description of a main headteacher at paintings over the process one college 12 months. utilizing a mixture of participant-observation and interviews, the booklet presents a portrait of this head's method of his paintings - his heritage, ideals, the college as a context, what he did, how he handled swap and improvement, strength and the private measurement of headship. The portrait is matched to the modern literature and an speculation is formulated approximately fundamental headship and is then used to critique current principles approximately college management. The ebook additionally indicates methods of constructing heads and college academics.

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The budget for the project allowed for my time to be bought out of the University of Cambridge Institute of Education where I worked. The project was ethnographic in approach and overlapped with my intention to study a single headteacher since WSCDPS aimed, amongst other things, to examine the nature and location of leadership in primary schools and to do so by participant observation and interviews. I was satisfied that the two projects were compatible and that it was feasible to conduct the fieldwork for both studies simultaneously.

Until these and other related questions are examined, the affective dimension of headship will remain unexplored. Indeed, until such matters are addressed we might be ‘taking the actors out of the play’ (Huberman 1988:120). The second set of issues are concerned with methods. I have noted the absence of any major study investigating primary school heads, of any survey data across a large sample of heads and of any longitudinal studies. Consequently, the data available on headteachers are confined to individual reports and small-scale investigations.

As Adelman says: a major criterion of whether this work (ethnographic research) is educational would be whether it tries to illuminate educational practices and provide information for the wide range of people who would make practical decisions which would lead to adjustment or change and, hopefully, improvement. (1985:42) The purely descriptive traditions of ethnography had no intention to help practitioners. By contrast, and in line with Adelman and others, I regard this study as not only helping heads and others understand their practice, but also contributing to improving their capacity to do their job (Stenhouse 1982:269).

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