Educational leadership relationally

It has hit the shelves. Just in time for christmas too. Educational Leadership Relationally, the flagship book of the relational research program has been released this week. This book gives epistemology and ontology centre stage in discussing matters of educational leadership, management and administration, something that been somewhat marginalised, if not missing, in mainstream discussion…

Latest paper published

School leadership preparation and development is a major policy lever in developing countries. This does however pose some challenges around the importation of ideas and concepts from more developed nations. In a paper published in the latest Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Gladys Asuga and I ask questions around school leadership preparation and development in…

Out and about

Early this week I was part of a symposium hosted by Richard Niesche (UNSW) entitled: The implications of school autonomy for school leadership and social justice. Other speakers included: Bob Lingard (UQ), Pat Thomson (Nottingham), Martin Thrupp (Waikato), Jane Wilkinson (Griffith), Greg Thompson (Murdoch), and Christina Gowlett (UQ). This will be followed up with a…

ELMA Taste of Research Summer Scholarship 2014-2015

Once again Associate Professor Scott Eacott is offering a Taste of Research Summer Scholarship for a high achieving under-graduate student to work on two projects: i) an analysis of school leadership advertisements; and ii) an ongoing interdisciplinary relational research programme. Further details and the application form can be found here. The Summer/Winter Taste of Research…

Free access to paper

In an era where professional standards are shifting the focus of teaching from one based on service to one of performance, the underlying temporality of teaching is changing. The underlying generative temporality of teaching under revision  paper written by myself and Kimbalee Hodges (a former honours student) is the feature article in the latest Critical…

Matters of opinion

Yesterday Stephen Dinham‘s keynote at the Australian College of Educators conference got a lot of attention. It featured in articles in The Australian, The Guardian, and spread through the usual twitter networks of educators. To his credit, following some twitter interest about the newspaper articles, Dinham shared the actual paper (see here). In this post, I…

Teaching grant success

The use of online technologies to enhance teaching has been a hot topic in recent years, especially in higher education. This week, a team led by Associate Professor Scott Eacott, and including Judith Norris, was successful in securing an ACU Teaching Development Grant to trial an innovative approach to teaching an educational leadership, management and administration course….

Testing ideas

Next April I will be one of three international keynotes at the Edu-Lead Research Group (North-West University, South Africa) conference. The other two are Petros Pashiardis (Open University, Cyprus) and Stephen Huber (University of Teacher Education, Central Switzerland). The conference is entitled ‘Lead, manage and govern in a diverse and complex context towards quality education for all’….

The reference list: does length matter?

In the month of July I read three theses. I could say examine, but I prefer read. That is, I like to see the candidate as a peer and I am engaging with their work. Sure I make a judgement on its quality / contribution, and my feedback is arguably more supportive than when reviewing an…

Leading scholarly debate

I once asked a very esteemed colleague how he and his primary writing partner went about establishing themselves as thought leaders in my disciplinary space. This colleague, for whom I have a lot of time and respect for, quite boldly claimed that they had gone out and attacked people. Now before this conjures violent images, let…