In addition to a range of writing for publication commitments, Dr Eacott and his team are currently engaged in a number of research activities including:
Regional Secondary School Consolidation: Experiments in School Leadership
This project aims to build a strong empirical foundation for current government and educational initiatives, by examining the relations among education, social, economic, geographic, and history on school consolidation in regional NSW. This project brings together previously separated domains of education research such as rural, remote and regional education, educational leadership, school reform, and school effectiveness in a large cross-national exploration of school consolidation. The project will clarify the processes by which consolidation becomes limited or enhanced, providing a new and relevant analysis of policy models, and new empirical insights into school consolidation in Australia.
Funders: NSW Department of Education; School of Education (UNSW Sydney)
Collaborators: Amanda Heffernan (Monash); Richard Nieche (UNSW Sydney)
Relations, Organizing, and Leadership in Education (ROLE)
The Relations, Organizing and Leadership in Education (ROLE) scoping study explores the extent of research available on relations, organizing, and leadership in the specific disciplinary space of education. It will provide a rapid overview of this relatively indistinct research area, outline gaps in existing literatures and, most importantly, provide recommendations for further scholarship. This will be achieved by identifying what work has been done already, drawing out current and potential intersections, highlighting emerging trends, and suggesting themes that may be under-researched.
The output from this project will be a chapter in the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology (F. Depelteau, Ed.).
Principals’ Experiencing Time (PET): A Pilot Project
Principals’ time use has emerged as a serious issue in an era of declining school outcomes. Enduring struggles to attract enough high quality applicants for positions, declining well-being and burnout of existing principals, and workforce profiles indicate a forthcoming generational shift in Australian school leadership. However, little is known of how principals experience their time. The aim of this project is to synthesize and characterize how principals’ experience their working day. This project will provide foundational understanding of principals’ experiences of time, and new, empirically supported foci for interventions designed to prepare and develop school leaders.
Funders: Industry Partners; School of Education (UNSW Sydney)
Higher Degree Researchers: Joshua Moses (Honours)
Beyond Leadership [Book project]
Building on the success of Educational Leadership Relationally, Springer have issued a book contract for a follow-up book. This book manuscript is due in mid-2017 and will feature a more nuanced articulation of the relational approach and critical commentary from a number of leading scholars and conclude with a response and future directions for the research program.
Dismantling Public Education [Edited book project with Jane Wilkinson & Richard Niesche]
Findings its genesis in a workshop at UNSW and then another at AARE, this edited book will feature in the AARE sponsored Global/Local Issues in Education series and is due to be in-print by AARE 2017 (Canberra, December). Dr Eacott’s specific chapter offer a relational theorization of the public/private dualism and the potential and possibilities of a relational rethinking of the issue.