Leadership and Teams in Educational Management

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Primary headship and leadership

GEOFF SOUTHWORTH

This chapter provides a critical review of the literature focusing on primary school headteachers. Although leadership in primary schools is not confined to headteachers, most of the literature concentrates upon them and not on deputy heads, coordinators and others who exercise leadership. Indeed, the first point to emphasize about leadership in primary schools is the paucity of information about the work of deputy heads and other school leaders. Despite a growing belief in the need for leadership to be widely distributed across a school, studies of leadership in primary schools generally remain fastened to regarding the headteacher as the principal leader. This trend has existed for some time.

This chapter will therefore focus most strongly upon headteachers. It will note weaknesses and inadequacies in the literature, as well as identify the emerging and common themes. The chapter is divided into two sections. The first and longest section reviews the literature concerned with primary headship. This section is subdivided into five parts. In the second section the issues arising from the literature will be noted.


Review of the literature

Some general observations

No major study into primary school headteachers has been undertaken in this country (Coulson 1988: 3). Primary heads therefore lack a data base which would enable them to relate their work to a large sample of heads.

By contrast, secondary school headteachers have been studied in greater detail (e.g. Morgan et al. 1983; Hall et al. 1986; Weindling and Earley 1987). International comparisons also show that in this country our knowledge of primary heads is shallow. In Australia A Descriptive Profile of Australian School Principals (Chapman 1984) has been produced which presents detailed factual information concerning school principals (e.g. personal backgrounds, formal education, work experience). No such

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 - Leading and Leadership 7
  • 1: Leadership as an Organizational Quality 9
  • 2: Dimensions of Leadership 24
  • 3: Primary Headship and Leadership 40
  • 4: Critical Leadership Studies 61
  • 5: Women in Educational Management 73
  • 6: Motivation in Education 88
  • 7: Managing Stress in Educational Organizations 103
  • 8: Managing Conflict in Organizations 110
  • Part 2 - Working in Teams 117
  • 9: Staff Teams and Their Management 119
  • 10: The Dynamics of Teams 130
  • 11: Headship and Effective Teams in the Primary School 144
  • 12: Managers Communicating 156
  • 13: Communication in Educational Management 165
  • 14: Effective Teambuilding 179
  • Index 189
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