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Not so simple: The threats to leadership sustainability (2016)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2016). Not so simple: The threats to leadership sustainability. Management in Education, 30(3), 97-101. https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020616653059

This article begins by examining the possible meanings of ‘sustainability’, and argues that most meanings are prescriptive rather than descriptive in nature: they tend, either overtly or covertly, to recommend the particular end-states that writers d... Read More about Not so simple: The threats to leadership sustainability.

Passing on the reins of responsibility? Comparing school principals’ values and practices in a ‘wicked’ reality (2014)
Journal Article
Wright, N., & Bottery, M. (2014). Passing on the reins of responsibility? Comparing school principals’ values and practices in a ‘wicked’ reality. Contemporary educational leadership, 1(4), 51-70

This study stemmed from concerns about school leaders' responses to the current global environmental situation. The issue was tack- led by asking what priority they gave to envi- ronmental issues in their schools by examining their perceptions about... Read More about Passing on the reins of responsibility? Comparing school principals’ values and practices in a ‘wicked’ reality.

Leadership, sustainability and ethics (2014)
Book Chapter
Bottery, M. (2014). Leadership, sustainability and ethics. In C. M. Branson, & S. Gross (Eds.), Handbook of ethical educational leadership, 81 - 92. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203747582-12

This chapter is concerned with what educational leaders can lear about the ethics of their practice from a study of environmental systems. It examiners three sources for such learning. One source is from an understanding of the epistemology of these... Read More about Leadership, sustainability and ethics.

Improving sustainability : what can education learn from other complex systems? (2013)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2013). Improving sustainability : what can education learn from other complex systems?. Educational research journal, 28(42767), 11444

This article is concerned with the causes of unsustainability in complex systems, and what educators can learn from such a study. It argues that there are a number of similar stressors in many complex systems. The systems chosen to illustrate this ar... Read More about Improving sustainability : what can education learn from other complex systems?.

Values, priorities and responses: Comparing English headteachers' and Hong Kong principals' perceptions of their work (2012)
Journal Article
Bottery, M., Ngai, G., Wong, P. M., & Wong, P. H. (2013). Values, priorities and responses: Comparing English headteachers' and Hong Kong principals' perceptions of their work. School Leadership and Management, 33(1), 43-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2012.740798

This article investigates the perceptions of English headteachers and Hong Kong principals on the kinds of pressures that they believed affected the way they did their job, and in particular the degree to which they felt their governments were affect... Read More about Values, priorities and responses: Comparing English headteachers' and Hong Kong principals' perceptions of their work.

Personality, moral purpose, and the leadership of an education for sustainable development (2012)
Journal Article
Bottery, M., Wright, N., & James, S. (2012). Personality, moral purpose, and the leadership of an education for sustainable development. Education 3-13, 40(3), 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2010.512563

This paper describes how two primary head teachers, nationally recognised as role models for the development of an education for sustainable development (ESD) in their schools, manage the implementation of this area. In doing so, it shows how they ad... Read More about Personality, moral purpose, and the leadership of an education for sustainable development.

Leadership, the logic of sufficiency and the sustainability of education (2012)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2012). Leadership, the logic of sufficiency and the sustainability of education. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 40(4), (449-463). doi:10.1177/1741143212438220. ISSN 1741-1432

The notion of sufficiency has not yet entered mainstream educational thinking, and it still has to make its mark upon educational leadership. However, a number of related concepts – particularly those of sustainability and complexity theory – are beg... Read More about Leadership, the logic of sufficiency and the sustainability of education.

Refocusing educational leadership in an age of overshoot : embracing an education for sustainable development (2011)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2011). Refocusing educational leadership in an age of overshoot : embracing an education for sustainable development. International studies in educational administration, 39(2),

This article argues that many of the aims and objectives of educational leadership need to be re-focused upon a largely neglected issue, that of an education for sustainable development (ESD). Research suggests that the concept of ESD - and particula... Read More about Refocusing educational leadership in an age of overshoot : embracing an education for sustainable development.

Portrait methodology and educational leadership : putting the person first (2009)
Journal Article
Bottery, M., Wright, N., Ngai, S. K. G., & Wong, P. M. (2009). Portrait methodology and educational leadership : putting the person first. International studies in educational administration, 37(3), 82-96

This article describes a variant on a methodological approach which provides ways of developing educational leaders' understandings of themselves and their situation through the production of individually written 'portraits' which focus upon the indi... Read More about Portrait methodology and educational leadership : putting the person first.

Educational leadership, the depletion of oil supplies and the need for an ethic of global sustainability (2008)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2008). Educational leadership, the depletion of oil supplies and the need for an ethic of global sustainability. School Leadership and Management, 28(3), 281-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632430802145969

This paper argues that problems deriving from the depletion of global oil supplies are much more central to educational leadership than is normally appreciated, and suggests the need for a global view of educational purposes, and in particular a comm... Read More about Educational leadership, the depletion of oil supplies and the need for an ethic of global sustainability.

Portraits of resilience: headteachers in two different cultures (2008)
Journal Article
Bottery, M., Ngai, G., Wong, P. M., & Wong, P. H. (2008). Portraits of resilience: headteachers in two different cultures. Education 3-13, 36(2), 183-199. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004270701577347

This article provides two ‘portraits’ of headteachers in primary schools in England and Hong Kong, derived from semi-structured interviews with these individuals. Contrary to some claims that such a small sample is worthless, this article argues that... Read More about Portraits of resilience: headteachers in two different cultures.

Education and globalization: redefining the role of the educational professional (2006)
Journal Article
Bottery, M. (2006). Education and globalization: redefining the role of the educational professional. Educational review, 58(1), 95-113. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131910500352804

This paper argues that current globalizing forces are profoundly affecting the policies of nation states, and particularly those in education, and producing a situation where educational professional work is both increasingly controlled and increasin... Read More about Education and globalization: redefining the role of the educational professional.

Critical professional or branded technician? Changing conceptions of the education worker
Book Chapter
Bottery, M. Critical professional or branded technician? Changing conceptions of the education worker. The University of Hull

This chapter uses a case study of five phases in the changing meaning of teacher professionalism in England to suggest that changes caused by current legislation there, notably to do with workforce reform and inclusion agendas, is probably reducing r... Read More about Critical professional or branded technician? Changing conceptions of the education worker.