Professional Development for Educational Management

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Developing managerial capabilities*

ERNIE CAVE AND CYRIL WILKINSON

A two-phase research project undertaken by the Education Management Unit of the University of Ulster investigated two issues: What do education managers need to be good at? How can their capability be improved?

In the first phase the researchers sought to identify and distil essential capacities which the education manager requires in order to perform effectively in key areas of management. A management capability model emerged and is presented as a working tool which might be used in planning management development initiatives. The second phase explored how the model might be used to plan development programmes that are more specifically targeted in their intentions.


The background

A major concern in management literature has been the development of management competences. Since the purpose of the study of management is to improve performance, it is not surprising that attention should be focused on an analysis of what abilities managers need in order to be effective, and various categorizations have emerged. […]

In the field of education the growing recognition of the crucial importance of good management practices in school was dramatically strengthened by the impact of local management of schools’ imposed by the 1988 Education Reform Act. Central government clearly regards management development as a key element in its declared strategy for ensuring improvement in the quality of education to meet the needs of industry and the economy. Fortunately the years that followed the Act have coincided with the period when serious doubts are being expressed about the basic idea of

*This is an edited version of Ernie Cave and Cyril Wilkinson’s chapter entitled ‘Developing managerial capabilities in education’ in Teaching and Managing: Inseparable Activities in Schools, published in 1987.

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