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Educational Leadership, Management and Development

This area is concerned with exploring leadership and management issues in all sectors of education, from nursery settings, to schools, colleges and Universities. We welcome studies of leadership and management, teacher development and learning and sports in diverse institutional contexts including youth work, community and the voluntary sector. 

Research may focus specifically on the work, roles or activities of senior and middle managers or alternatively encompass the perceptions of informal institutional leaders such as teacher leadership, trade union leadership or activists. Whatever your preferred research institutional or contextual focus, the area allows for an analysis of educational leadership as socially constructed, relational, enacted collaboratively by diffuse individuals or groups in interactions with each other. Following this line of thinking, you may wish to explore some of the more controversial leadership concepts such as distributed leadership in the work of a particular team or department, or across a school, college, university or the newer educational settings such as an multi academy trust or college group.  

 This area also includes projects studying teacher education and professional development. This may include anything from teachers’ professional development to mentor–mentee interactions, incorporating the assessment of teaching, educational development and the change process.  The EdD specialises in exploring the research, policy and practice nexus and we welcome ethnographies, surveys, conceptual explorations of evidence-based practice, and other forms of close to practice research. We particularly welcome proposals which consider technology-enhanced models of teacher education

 This area also includes sport coaching which incorporates a wide diversity of sporting problems and issues as well as considering the connection between sports and health, development, the environment, inequality and more. Studies in this area will work within an appreciation of the interrelationships between evidence, analysis, advocacy and interventions.

Examples of successful EdD theses

  • Quality, control, autonomy, accountability: lectures’ perceptions of their working lives in the context of Higher Education.
  • Staff perceptions of lesson observation and feedback in a UK secondary school: CPD, identity, and organisational culture.
  • Improving professional skills for trainers working with unemployed adult learners in Austria.
  • Motivating continuing professional development: factors influencing academic staff and implications for management.