Very gratifying to find a good review of ‘Dilemmas’ in the latest EMAL journal. Full text in Educational Management Administration & Leadership, March 2014, 42: 314-315, but some key extracts of the review below….
If this whets your appetite, search this blog on ‘dilemmas’ and you’ll get some extracts.
Book Review: Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas (2nd edition) Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2013; 176 pp.: ISBN 978-1-78046-018-5 (pbk). Reviewed by: Karen Stephens, University of Leicester, UK
Murphy’s second edition develops previous insights into how teachers and school leaders perceive and approach the tensions and dilemmas encountered in the daily life of modern schools…. he paints a clear picture of the expectations, aspirations and practicalities that compete for attention, thereby producing potential experiences of dilemma…….
The book is divided into two clear sections, the first dealing in detail with the theory underpinning Murphy’s model followed by a practical application of this model. …… A range of vignettes, taken from the real life experiences of school leaders in a variety of schools and career stages…….help illustrate and …. provide examples for further discussion and reflection……
Murphy emphasises the evolving, developing nature of wisdom and insight that leaders accumulate as they engage with dilemmas, making the structure of the book useful both as an initial training resource and as a continuing guide…..
I found this book very interesting and inspiring ….. School leaders, especially those finding themselves grappling with dilemmas, would find may useful insights here……
The book makes a timely and useful contribution to the profession at a time when schools and school leaders face huge change and challenges.