forthcoming presentation at ACEL’s Australian showcase

As part of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders‘ ongoing work bringing leading Australian based educational leadership researchers into conversation with school and system based staff, this year’s annual conference will feature the inaugural Australian Showcase. Dr Eacott will feature with Laureate Prof Jenny Gore Newcastle), Prof Helen Wildy (UWA), and Tom Bentley (RMIT) during…

ONGOING WORK: Expanding the cult of the guru

In a 2017 paper in School Leadership and Management Dr Eacott argued that educational leadership was prone to the ‘cult of the guru‘. It attracted substantial interest – both positive and negative – and featured in blogs by many edu-bloggers including Deborah Netolicky, Jon Andrews, Ray Boyd, and Darcy Moore. Continuing this line of inquiry, Dr Eacott has…

LATEST PAPER: Theoretical notes on a relational approaches to principals’ time use

Principals’ time use has emerged as a serious policy problem in an era of reported decline in school outcomes and with difficulties in attracting quality candidates for vacancies. This contemporary crisis of the principalship is centred on an ever increasing workload (volume and complexity) and a deficit of time for instructional leadership. Units of the…

The mythology of leadership

While leadership is much desired in the contemporary world, what exactly is it? This is an important question to ask, especially so for those studying educational leadership, management and administration. Leadership has not always been the label of choice. As a field of study we have shifted from Educational Administration through to Educational Management and…

Educational Leadership Relationally

This book marks the first book-length treatment of the relational research program that I am advancing. Published by Sense, this book will be the focus of a Special Issue of Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations. Significantly, this book introduces the five relational extensions that constitute the relational methodology: The centrality of “organizing” in the…

Disruptions in production

Questioning Leadership offers a diverse mix of cutting-edge research in the field of educational leadership, with contributions from expert and emerging leadership scholars. It contextualises school leadership within broader social and historical contexts and traces its influence on school performance through time, from its relatively modest role within a systems theory paradigm to its growing…

Sociological approaches to educational administration

Sociology has played a significant role in the scholarship of Educational Leadership, Management and Administration since its inception. This paper appears in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (M.A. Peters, Ed.). Picking up on the work covered in a 2015 book chapter, this current paper covers the contribution of sociology to educational administration, key…

New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory

NEW BOOK OUT NOW New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory is an edited collection by myself and Colin W. Evers. In the book, contributors sketch possible alternatives for advancing scholarship in educational leadership. The coherence of this volume comes not from the adoption of a single theoretical lens, but rather from its engagement with epistemology,…

Relational approaches and the challenge for studying organizations

An interdisciplinary workshop, 14-15 July 2016 (UNSW) Call for Papers In his classic paper, Manifesto for a relational sociology, Emirbayer (1997) declares that ‘social thinkers from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, national traditions, and analytic and empirical points of view are fast converging upon this [a relational] frame of reference’ (p. 311). As part…

Hedley Beare Award 2015

Last week I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.  Previous winners include John Hattie, Viviane Robinson, Peter Ribbins, Pat Duignan, Frank Crowther, Neil Cranston, Neil Dempster, Paul Brock. One thing that does stand out is that since the award’s inception in…