Leadership and Scholarship in Education

Lifelong Learning Matters

I almost dismissed this email as junk and probably would have done if it had arrived on a busy weekday. Intriguingly, it said it was a copy of a message that I hadn’t sent and, at first glance, it seemed to be from Janet Agnes Cockerill – who died several years ago – but the link between scholarship and leadership in education caught my attention.

Odd email

The email interested me for a couple of reasons.

Scholarship

I was drawn to the email’s proposition that educational leaders and academics, “seem to be too busy to develop their own scholarship”. After all, shouldn’t educational leaders exude enthusiasm and hunger for learning? Shouldn’t they empathise with students experiencing the challenges and fulfillment of incorporating academic learning into the rest of their busy lives? Has increasing preoccupation with managing budgets, resources, HR, PR, outcomes, impact and marketing systematically eroded time for our own intellectual development?

If so, does it…

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About gwenelope

English and Media Studies teacher in the wilds of Coventry, about to start my tenth year, which in itself is frankly terrifying. In the small pockets of free time I have have been known to do things like Tough Guy, circuit classes and swim often, very often. It is what keeps sanity near and insanity at bay.
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