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 … Read moreThe reference list: does length matter?
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 … Read moreLeading scholarly debate
Having previously written about the importance of research traditions, the need for intra-disciplinary dialogue, and what is leadership, it was with great pleasure that this week I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of The Leadership Identity Journey: An Artful Reflection (2014, Rowman & Littlefield) by Carol A. Mullen (Virginia Tech), Fenwick W. English (North Carolina) and William A. Kealy. I … Read moreThe Leadership Identity Journey
The ELMA Theory Workshop last week was an outstanding success. The dialogue and debate around important issues for educational leadership was rigorous, but respectful of diversity. A question that arose following the discussion questioning ‘leadership’ was what exactly is it that we study when we claim to investigate leadership? This sounds confusing – and challenging. … Read moreWhat is leadership?
The annual ELMA Theory Workshop wrapped up today with four papers and a commentary from Professors Colin Evers and Gabriele Lakomski. The theme for the event was Administrative theory without the ‘L’ word. Chris Branson‘s ‘What might ‘leading-ship’ look like‘ was the first paper of day. Generating plenty of discussion and dialogue, Branson described some … Read more#ELMA2014 Day Two
The first day of the ELMA Theory Workshop – Administrative theory without the ‘L’ word – was a substantial intellectually stimulating event. In total six thought provoking papers were presented – and that was just the first day. Following the official welcome, Gabriele Lakomski and Colin Evers started the day with can best be described … Read more#ELMA2014 Day One
This week marks the flagship event for the ELMA research group with the annual ELMA Theory Workshop taking place at ACU North Sydney. Once again the workshop is over subscribed courtesy of the quality programme bringing together established and emerging scholars in educational leadership, management and administration from Australia and New Zealand. Taking up the … Read more#ELMA2014
Following on from last week’s post about my work featuring on the SELMAS blog, this week I was interviewed by a graduate student from the University of Michigan regarding my work on educational leadership and policy, and my paper on offering an educational leadership unit to under-graduate students. One of the question about work in educational leadership … Read moreThinking of research traditions in ELMA
Last week my paper Beyond the hype of leadership featured on the blog for the Scottish Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. My piece follows a stimulus from Walter Humes, part of the #Brainstrust series, challenging the discourses of leadership. In the bigger picture, while ‘leadership’ has been canonised in the scholarly and professional community, … Read moreMaking new connections
Experience in the field has been a key way of assessing the expertise of professionals. That is, all things being equal, the person who has the most ‘experience’ is believed to be the better option. This idea of ‘experience’ is however frequently synonymous with tenure. Education, and particularly schooling, is very much based on time. … Read moreDecoupling experience and performance