Australian school leadership today : conclusions

Mulford, Bill, Cranston, Neil, & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2009) Australian school leadership today : conclusions. In Cranston, Neil C. & Ehrich, Lisa C. (Eds.) Australian School Leadership Today. Australian Academic Press, Australia, pp. 417-426.

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The evidence provided in this book allows us to conclude that the context of 'new managerialism', which embraced managerial efficiency and effectiveness through bureaucracy and accountability as key levers for meeting higher community expectations and reforming schools, has failed. It also allows us to conclude that it is time that the professionals, the school leaders, ensure that what happens in schools, now and in the future, is what they want to happen. The professionals need to re-establish their individual and collective educational agency. The major professional challenge for any school leader is overcoming the gap between dependence in, or a feeling of, the inevitability of political, system or bureaucracies being the means of achieving what they want, and actively working to implement their preferred model of schools as social centres, learning organisations or professional learning communities (see chapters in this book and Mulford, 2008).

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