Making Sense of Problems in Primary Headship

Gerald Dunning
University of South Wales, UK

Tony Elliott
University of Bangor, UK (Retired)

Product Details
15 Aug 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
240 pages - 152 x 229mm


Managing problems has always been a major responsibility of headship, but a substantial number of primary heads now regard their role as especially problematic. With a steadily expanding set of responsibilities and an increasingly demanding set of constituencies to satisfy, the problems which impinge upon primary headship seem set to become ever more challenging. 
While media sources regularly report increasingly onerous headteacher workloads, ever more rigorous accountability and responsibility demands and over-stretched school budgets, there has been very little empirical research into the problematic nature of modern primary headship.  
By using evidence from interviews with seventy primary headteachers, this book highlights the most serious problems experienced by primary heads. In particular, the management of school finance and premises and relationships with a range of other people involved in the life and work of the school are shown to be recurring historical issues in primary headship. This book is a response to these problems and draws upon research on organizational value theory, micropolitics and symbolism as well as school leader succession and socialisation studies. By offering a set of conceptual tools to enhance analysis of problem causes and identification of relevant management strategies this text will prove a valuable resource for researchers and leaders in education.
Part I What’s the Problem? 
Chapter 1. Mapping the Minefield: explaining the research studies 
Chapter 2. Landmarks in the Minefield: generic problem issues 
Chapter 3. New Heads on Their Blocks: the problems of assuming headship 
Chapter 4. Hard Labour: managing a problematic workload 
Chapter 5. Close Encounters: problematic colleagues 
Chapter 6. Clients and Consumers: problematic parents and pupils 
Chapter 7. More Checks Than Balances: problematic partners in school governance 
Chapter 8. Counting the Cost: the personal impact of headship 
Part II What Every Head Should Know 
Chapter 9. Making Sense of Headship: knowing what 
Chapter 10. Making Sense of Headship: knowing how 
Chapter 11. Back to the Future: revisiting classic knowledge bases for problem analysis and framing 
Chapter 12. Learning the Ropes? On the Ropes?: making sense of headteacher succession and socialisation 
Chapter 13. Hands on Hearts and Fingers on Pulses 
Chapter 14. Putting Problems in Perspective: Strategy and Reflection in Problem Management
Gerald Dunning taught at Swansea University, UK and, subsequently, the University of South Wales where he was head of the Department of Education and deputy head of the School of Psychology where he currently serves as a visiting research fellow. 
Tony Elliott taught at Bangor University, UK, where he was Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education.

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