The end of a big year

As the academic year comes to a close it is always useful to reflect on achievements. This year marked a substantial turning point with the relocation from the University of Newcastle to ACU.  As a means of recognising the achievements of the ELMA group in 2013 below is a snapshot.

The 2013 Untested Ideas Center Book Editor of the Year was awarded to Associate Professor Scott Eacott for his work on the co-edited (with Dr Richard Niesche) book Empirical Leadership Research: Letting the Data Speak for Themselves.  In addition to the editorial with Dr Niesche, Associate Professor Eacott’s contribution included a chapter entitled: Research as a political activity: the fallacy of data speaking for themselves building from his presentation at the inaugural Untested Ideas Conference.

Associate Professor Eacott also edited a Special Issue of International Journal of Leadership in Education with Dr Jane Wilkinson on These disruptive times: rethinking critical leadership scholarship as a tool for scholarship and practice and a Special Issue of Journal of Educational Administration and History entitled Rethinking ‘leadership’ in education: a research agenda.

In October, the group hosted an Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) funded educational administration theory workshop entitled: What educational leadership research does not say. This event was so successful that a follow-up will be taking place in July 2014 – see here.

Associate Professor Eacott also delivered a keynote address entitled Autonomy, community and the politics of the revolution to the Port Jackson / Bondi Primary School Principals’ Association annual conference.

A multi-year project on building leadership capacity through research was funded by industry partners.

Individual publications in 2013 include:

Eacott, S. (2013). Research as a political practice: the fallacy of data speaking for themselves. In S. Eacott & R. Niesche (Eds.) Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves (pp. 215-229). Niagara Falls: Untested Ideas Center.

Eacott, S. & Niesche, R. (2013). Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves. In S. Eacott & R. Niesche (Eds.) Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves (pp. 1-14). Niagara Falls: Untested Ideas Center.

Wilkinson, J. & Eacott, S. (2013). Outsiders within?: deconstructing the educational administration scholar. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 16(2), 191-204.

Eacott, S. (2013). The return on school leadership preparation and development programmes: a study on Australian university-based programmes. International Journal of Educational Management, 27(7), 689-699.

Wilkinson, J. & Eacott, S. (2013). These disruptive times: rethinking educational leadership as a tool for scholarship and practice in changing times, International Journal of Leadership in Education, 16(2), 135-138.

Eacott, S. (2013). Rethinking ‘leadership’ in education: towards a research agenda. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 45(2), 113-125.

Eacott, S. (2013). Asking question of leadership: using social theory for more than critique. Leading & Managing, 19(1), 19-31.

Eacott, S. (2013). Towards a theory of school leadership practice: a Bourdieusian perspective. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 45(2), 174-188.

Eacott, S. (2013). ‘Leadership’ and the social: time, space and the epistemic. International Journal of Educational Management, 27(1), 91-101.

Conference presentations include:

Eacott, S. & Asuga, G. (2013). Bringing ‘leadership’ to life. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand International and Comparative Education Society Conference, 27-30 Nov, Newcastle, Australia.

Asuga, G., Eacott, S. & Scevak, J. (2013). School leadership preparation and development in Kenya. Presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 1-5 Dec, Adelaide, Australia.

Eacott, S. (2013). Navigating the contemporary policy terrain: speaking back through our identity. To be presented at the 6th Catholic Educational Leadership Conference, August, Sydney, Australia.

Eacott, S. (2013). Leadership research as a political activity: the problems of ‘letting the data speak for themselves’. Presented to the 1st Annual Untested Ideas Conference, June, Niagara Falls, USA.

Additional activities of the group include: the appointment of 2012-2013 ELMA Taste of Research Summer Scholarship awardee Meggin Williams; Associate Professor Eacott also continued his role on the editorial boards of: International Journal of Leadership in Education; Journal of Educational Administration and History; International Journal of Educational Management; Leading & Managing; Leadership & Policy QuarterlyJournal of Educational Administration and Policy; and Perspectives on Educational Leadership; included taking over as Book Review Editor of JEAH; Associate Professor Eacott also concluded his tenure as Convenor of the AARE Educational Leadership Special Interest Group (a role he has held since 2010); and he was also named on an internal teaching and learning grant with ACU colleagues.

Overall, a very successful year for the Group. Planned activities for 2014 include the 2nd Educational Leadership Theory Workshop; Summer and Winter Taste of Research Scholarships; a guest edited special issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory; a single author monograph; and ongoing work in the capacity building project among others.

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