Managing Further Education explores the experiences of leaders and managers in further education, providing a valuable resource of practical ideas. Drawing on an extensive national survey of college managers in the UK, Jacky Lumby: investigates how managers are responding to the challenge to increase the numbers and range of students and to improve learning and teaching; shows what it means to lead in a college and how the culture has evolved; focuses on a different aspect of management in each chapter; Despite the importance of the further education (FE) sector to education and training, managers struggle to find adequate research evidence on which to base reflection and practice. This book provides relevant material for managers in FE - a sector which caters for a wider rande of age and ability than any other. The book concludes that 'learning enterprise' is an apt description of further education, a sector which has retained learning at its core and has learned to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit to shape its future.
Jacky Lumby (Ph.D. University of Leicester) is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Southampton, UK. She has taught and led in a range of educational settings, including secondary/high schools, community and further/technical education. She has also worked for a Training and Enterprise Council, with a regional responsibility for developing leaders across the public and private sectors. She has researched and published widely on educational policy, leadership and management in schools and colleges, in the UK and internationally. Her work on leadership encompasses a range of perspectives, including diversity issues, comparative and international perspectives and leading upper secondary education. She has co-edited International handbook on the preparation and development of school leaders (2008). Her most recent book is, with Marianne Coleman, Leadership and Diversity: Challenging Theory and Practice in Education (2007). She is co- editor of the journal International Studies in Educational Administration and a member of the Council of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society.