Book review of Beyond Leadership

The first published Book Review of Beyond Leadership: A Relational Approach to Organizational Theory in Education now appears as an OnlineFirst with the Journal of Educational Administration and History. It is written by Taeyeon Kim (PhD Candidate, Michigan State University). The review is positive regarding the contribution of Beyond Leadership explicitly citing that tackling such…

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…

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…

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,…