Best practice in educational leadership and management: can we identify it and learn form it?

Glatter, Ron and Kydd, Lesley (2003). Best practice in educational leadership and management: can we identify it and learn form it? Educational Leadership and Management, 31(3) 231 -243.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263211X03031003002

Abstract

Best practice' is now a pervasive term and is included in the conference title. In this article we aim to promote discussion about its usefulness. We will first consider key features of practice, emphasising the significance of context at various `levels' and of the complexity and flux surrounding leadership and management. Then we will ask how particular practice can be regarded as `best'. We will refer to ideas about best practice in leadership outside education to see what lessons might be drawn. Finally we will consider the implications for `learning about best practice' particularly through professional development and research. We conclude that the concept of `best practice' should be applied more rigorously in future.

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