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This new collection of readings draws together three major and interrelated priorities for the educational manager: developing and maintaining quality, using resources effectively, and establishing a strategic overview and direction for the organization.

In explaining these three concerns, the book aims to help educational managers to improve their own practice, by encouraging critical reflection on management processes and on how conceptual frameworks and research evidence can contribute to more effective professional performance in schools and colleges.

The collection has a strongly practical flavour, focusing on frameworks, ideas and approaches that teachers can test out and develop in their own professional contexts. It includes material based on a wide range of educational settings, enabling managers to transcend sector boundaries in their thinking and to draw on insights from other sectors.

This volume forms part of the Leadership and Management in Education series. This four book series provides a carefully chosen selection of high quality readings on key contemporary themes in educational management: professional development, reflection on practice, leadership, team working, effectiveness and improvement, quality, strategy and resources. The series will be an important resource for classroom teachers and lecturers as well as those holding designated management posts in schools and colleges and will provide a valuable basis for professional development programmes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 17mm | 536g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • references, index
  • 0335197973
  • 9780335197972
  • 1,216,048

Table of contents

managing quality, resources and strategy
Part one: Developing quality

Monitoring educational quality
Quality and equality
competing or complementary objectives?
Continuous improvement and quality standards
Using success criteria
Making sense of change
A framework for curriculum development, policy implementation and monitoring quality
Organizing learning
Balancing school and individual approaches to pupil behaviour
Curriculum evaluation as review and development
the curriculum leader's role in creating a community of enquiry

Part two: Managing resources

Managing resources in educational institutions
Resourcing education
Budget analysis and construction
Allocating budgets for curriculum support
Unit costing in colleges

Part three: Strategic management

How strategies develop in organizations
Linking strategic planning with the budgetary process
Strategy and management in the further education sector
Strategic planning in schools
The impact of development planning in primary schools
Leading projects
Scanning the market
school strategies for discovering parental perspectives
The practice of educational marketing in schools
Educational leadership
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"Readers interested in methodological and epistemological issues will find this of great interest...For educationalists who are critical of government intervention in education the book provides a powerful analysis of the political underpinning of recent so-called educational reform...A thought provoking book that I enjoyed reading." - Management in Education "The book goes a way towards developing a critical foundation from which to articulatealternative reform agendas...a fine book." - Qualitative Studies in Education
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About Margaret Preedy

Margaret Preedy is a lecturer in the Centre for Educational Policy and Management, School of Education, The Open University.

Ron Glatter is Professor of Educational Management and Director of the Centre for Educational Management, School of Education, The Open University.

Rosalind Levacic is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Educational Policy and Management, and author of Local Management of Schools: analysis and practice, published by Open University Press.
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