Two new books by Leicester academics hit the shelves this month

Posted by mjs76 at May 05, 2010 05:15 PM |
New exploration of ideas around HR in education and wellbeing of looked-after children.

Human Resource Management in Education: Contexts, Themes and Impact has been written by Justine Mercer, Bernard Barker and Richard Bird. Bernard is an Emeritus Professor who held a Chair in Educational Leadership and Management in the School of Education until his retirement and Justine was a lecturer in our School of Education until she left in January to take up a post at Warwick, although she remains on our books as an associate tutor. Their co-author was Principal of Casterton Community College.

According to the publisher’s website, the book “debates the fundamental question of how far effective human resource management policies can enable schools and colleges to transcend the paradoxes of the global reform agenda. It analyses the relationship between leadership, the classroom and results, and uses case studies to explore the extent to which performance is enhanced by distributed leadership and constrained by social, political and economic contexts.”

Meanwhile Kwame Owusu-Bempah, who is Emeritus Reader in our School of Psychology, has written The Wellbeing of Children in Care: A New Approach for Improving Developmental Outcomes. The publisher's website says: “An invaluable contribution to the area, this book offers promising routes to understanding better and working more effectively with virtually all families, irrespective of their cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. It will interest researchers and students of attachment theory, adoption and fostering, child development and children’s mental health”

Both books are published by Routledge.