Scott Eacott

Deputy Head of School, Research
Associate Professor

Although A/Prof Eacott has published a number of papers on educational leadership theory and leadership preparation and development, his main research effort has concerned the systematic development of a relational research program. This relatively new theoretical approach for organizational theory in education offers a methodological framework for the study of the social world. It provides a means to frame scholarly inquiry and structure an argument in a thesis, paper, book, or conference paper. Built on a very Bourdieusian craft of scholarship, but without any great loyalty or reverence, the relational approach comprises five relational extensions:

  • The centrality of 'organizing' in the social world creates an ontological complicity in researchers (and others) that makes it difficult to epistemologically break from ordinary language;
  • Rigorous (social) scientific inquiry calls into question the very foundations of popular labels such as 'the organization', 'leadership', 'management', and 'administration';
  • Contemporary spatio-temporal conditions cannot be separated from the ongoing, and inexhaustible, recasting of organizing activity;
  • Foregrounding social relations enables the overcoming of the contemporary, and arguably enduring, analytical dualism of individualism/holism, universal/particular, and structure/agency; and
  • In doing so, there is a productive space - rather than merely critical - space to theorize organizing.

New to the relational research program? An introductory overview can be found in Starting points for a relational approach to organisational theory (Eacott, 2019) and chapter two of the new edited collection by Gabriele Lakomski, Scott Eacott, and Colin Evers (2017) Questioning leadership: new directions for educational organizations (London: Routledge). Additionally, this paper provides a useful overview: Eacott, S. (2019). The relational approach and social epistemology in educational leadership. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, 4(1), 166-193.

The most comprehensive overview of the relational approach appears in Beyond leadership: a relational approach to organizational theory in education (2018, Springer). Check out my publications for many other papers and chapters using the relational approach. Ongoing work is currently being articulated in conference papers and empirical projects and will be published shortly.

Using the relational approach in your dissertation, thesis, or a paper? A/Prof Eacott has developed an indicative guideline for structuring your writing. See here.

Reports
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Eacott S; Niesche R; Heffernan A; Loughland T; Gobby B; Durksen T, 2021, High-impact school leadership in regional, rural and remote schools
2021
Eacott S; Davison C, 2020, Evaluation of Griffith Secondary School Reform: Interim report year 1
2020
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high-impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 2: High-Impact Leadership, 2
2020
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 1: Barriers and Challenges, 1
2020
Eacott S; Raffe C; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2020, Attracting and retaining high impact school leaders and educators in regional, rural and remote schools. Report 3: Non-monetary Incentives, 3
2020
Eacott S, 2017, Evaluation of the UNSW Sydney, Beverly Hills Girls High School and South Sydney High School Professional Experience Hub School Program, New South Wales Department of Education
2017
Other
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Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 1
2021
Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 2
2021
Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 3
2021
Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 4
2021
Book Chapters
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Eacott S; Riveros G, 2021, 'Research methods in educational leadership', in Courtney S; Gunter HM; Niesche R; Trujillo T (ed.), Understanding educational leadership: critical perspectives and approaches, Bloomsbury, pp. 171 - 186, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/understanding-educational-leadership-9781350081819/
2021
Eacott S, 2020, 'How not to be seduced by common-sense', in Brooks JS; Heffernan A (ed.), The school leadership survival guide: what to do when things go wrong, how to learn from mistakes, and why you should prepare for the worst, Information Age Publishing, https://www.infoagepub.com/products/The-School-Leadership-Survival-Guide
2020
Eacott S, 2020, 'The principalship as a social relation', in Niesche R; Heffernan A (ed.), Theorsing identity and subjectivity in educational leadership, Routledge, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429032158-4/principalship-social-relation-scott-eacott?context=ubx&refId=bc89f494-091b-44bd-93ba-fb515deb39d4
2020
Eacott S, 2019, 'Management, Leadership, and Governance in Secondary Education (Australia)', in Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Bloomsbury Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350996281.0016
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Management, Leadership, and Governance in Primary Education (Australia)', in Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Bloomsbury Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350996267.0006
2019
Eacott S, 2018, 'The Matter of Context', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 113 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_6
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Beyond “Leadership”', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 95 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_5
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Embedded and Embodied Auctors', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 81 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_4
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Toward Relations in Educational Administration Theory', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 43 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_3
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Empowering educators through flipped school leadership?', in Netolicky DM; Andrews J; Paterson C (ed.), Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education, Routledge, London, pp. 189 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429429620
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'The Relational Turn in Social Sciences', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 25 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_2
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Advancing Educational Administration Relationally', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 263 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_17
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Response to Commentaries', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 251 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_16
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'From “Leading” to “Organizing”', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 3 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_1
2018
Wilkinson J; Eacott S; Niesche R, 2018, 'Challenges for public education', in Challenges for Public Education, Routledge, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429436765-1
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Relations, organising, leadership and education', in The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology, pp. 641 - 661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66005-9_32
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Beyond the normative: Theorising maladministration relationally', in International Perspectives on Maladministration in Education: Theories, Research, and Critiques, pp. 79 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315150222
2018
Eacott S; Niesche R, 2018, 'The Principal and School Improvement Theorising Discourse, Policy, and Practice Series Editors' Foreword', in PRINCIPAL AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: THEORISING DISCOURSE, POLICY, AND PRACTICE, SPRINGER-VERLAG SINGAPORE PTE LTD, pp. V - VII, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000455119300001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2018
Wilkinson J; Eacott S; Niesche R, 2018, 'Challenges for public education: Perils and possibilities for educational leadership, policy and social justice', in Wilkinson J; Niesche R; Eacott S (ed.), Challenges for public education: Reconceptualising educational leadership, policy and social justice as resources for hope, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 1 - 15, https://www.routledge.com/Challenges-for-Public-Education-Reconceptualising-Educational-Leadership/Wilkinson-Niesche-Eacott/p/book/9781138348226
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Productive Thinking', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 143 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_8
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Overcoming Analytical Dualism', in Educational Leadership Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 129 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2_7
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Educational leadership research and the dismantling of public education', in Wilkinson J; Niesche R; Eacott S (ed.), Challenges for public education: Reconceptualising educational leadership, policy and social justice as resources for hope, Routledge, London, pp. 44 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429436765
2018
Lakomski G; Evers CW; Eacott S, 2017, 'The future of leadership: New directions for leading and learning', in Lakomski G; Eacott S; Evers CW (ed.), Questioning leadership: new directions for educational organisations, Routledge, London, pp. 178 - 191, https://www.routledge.com/Questioning-Leadership-New-directions-for-educational-organisations/Lakomski-Eacott-Evers/p/book/9781138183162
2017
Eacott S, 2017, 'Beyond leadership: towards a ‘relational’ way of thinking', in Lakomski G; Eacott S; Evers CW (ed.), Questioning leadership: new directions for educational organisations, Routledge, London, pp. 17 - 30, https://www.routledge.com/Questioning-Leadership-New-directions-for-educational-organisations/Lakomski-Eacott-Evers/p/book/9781138183162
2017
Eacott S, 2017, 'Sociological Approaches to Educational Administration', in Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, Springer Singapore, pp. 2182 - 2187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_285
2017
Eacott S, 2016, 'Performance + leadership: Shifting institutional research performance', in Normore A; Brooks JS (ed.), The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations, Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 177 - 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-366020160000026011
2016
Lakomski G; Evers CW, 2016, 'Challenging leadership: The issues', in Questioning Leadership: New Directions for Educational Organisations, pp. 3 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315678610
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Disruptions in production: Seeding the practice of questioning', in Ellis AL (ed.), Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-396-4
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Disruptions in Production', in Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership, SensePublishers, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-396-4_1
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Demythologising ‘leadership’: The Trojan horse of managerialism', in Samier E (ed.), Ideologies in Educational Administration and Leadership, Routledge, New York, NY, pp. 159 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315661155
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Mobilising Bourdieu to think anew about educational leadership research', in Murphy M; Costa C (ed.), Theory as Method in Research: On Bourdieu, Social Theory and Education, Routledge, London, pp. 117 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315707303
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Sociological approaches to educational administration', in Peters M (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, Springer, Singapore, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_285-1
2016
Eacott S, 2015, 'Sociological approaches to educational administration and leadership', in Burgess D; Newton P (ed.), Educational Administration and Leadership: Theoretical Foundations, Routledge, New York, pp. 173 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315739731
2015
Eacott S; Niesche R, 2013, 'Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves', in Eacott S; Niesche R (ed.), Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves, Untested Ideas Center, Niagara Falls,, pp. 1 - 14
2013
Eacott S, 2013, 'Research as a political practice: the fallacy of data speaking for themselves', in Eacott S; Niesche R (ed.), Empirical leadership research: letting the data speak for themselves, Untested Ideas Center, Niagara Falls, pp. 215 - 229
2013
Eacott S, 2011, 'What Do We Have Here?', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 39 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_3
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'New Look Strategic Leaders or a New Look at Strategy?', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 117 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_8
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Lacking a Shared Vision', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 83 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_5
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Strategy as Leadership', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 97 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_6
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Engaging with the Literature', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 9 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_2
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Strategy and the Principal', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_1
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'An Alternate Research Programme', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 109 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_7
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Leadership Preparation and School Planning', in School Leadership and Strategy in Managerialist Times, SensePublishers, pp. 63 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1_4
2011
Bates RJ; Eacott S, 2009, 'Teaching educational leadership and administration in Australia', in Gunter H; Fitzgerald T (ed.), Educational administration and history: The state of the field, Routledge, London, pp. 69 - 80
2009
Journal articles
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Buchanan RA; Forster DJ; Douglas S; Nakar S; Boon HJ; Heath T; Heyward P; D’Olimpio L; Ailwood J; Eacott S; Smith S; Peters M; Tesar M, 2021, 'Philosophy of Education in a New Key: exploring new ways of teaching and doing ethics in education in the 21st century', Educational Philosophy and Theory, pp. 1 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2021.1880387
2021
Heffernan T; Eacott S; Bosetti L, 2021, 'Higher education leadership and context: a study of university vice-chancellors and presidents', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. ahead-of-print, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-02-2021-0061
2021
Eacott S, 2020, 'Australian educational leadership research', Leading and Managing, vol. 26, pp. 77 - 83
2020
Eacott S; Freeborn A, 2020, 'Regional and rural school consolidation: a scoping study of research literature', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 34, pp. 477 - 491, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-08-2019-0318
2020
Eacott S, 2020, 'The principals’ workday: a relational analysis', International Journal of Leadership in Education, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1725645
2020
Luan X; Eacott S; Vass G, 2020, 'Supplementary no more: a relational analysis of supplementary education in China', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 52, pp. 373 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2020.1726302
2020
Eacott S, 2020, 'Educational leadership research, Twitter and the curation of followership', Leadership, Education, Personality: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 2, pp. 91 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1365/s42681-020-00016-z
2020
Eacott S, 2020, 'Relational Approaches to Educational Administration Research', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.647
2020
Keddie A; Claire MacDonald K; Blackmore J; Eacott S; Gobby B; Mahoney C; Niesche R; Wilkinson J, 2020, 'School autonomy, marketisation and social justice: the plight of principals and schools', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 52, pp. 432 - 447, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2020.1818699
2020
Eacott S; Macdonald K; Keddie A; Blackmore J; Wilkinson J; Niesche R; Gobby B; Fernandez I, 2020, 'COVID-19 and inequities in Australian education - insights on federalism, autonomy, and access', International Studies in Educational Administration, vol. 48, pp. 6 - 14
2020
Keddie A; MacDonald K; Blackmore J; Wilkinson J; Gobby B; Niesche R; Eacott S; Mahoney C, 2020, 'The constitution of school autonomy in Australian public education: areas of paradox for social justice', International Journal of Leadership in Education, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1781934
2020
Eacott S, 2020, 'François dépelteau and the generation of a relational intellectual community', Digithum, vol. 2020, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i26.374154
2020
Eacott S, 2019, 'The problems and possibilities of the relational approach: An introduction to the special issue', Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.1.1
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Regional secondary school consolidation: A rationale and study protocol', Issues in Educational Research, vol. 29, pp. 678 - 694, http://www.iier.org.au/iier29/eacott.pdf
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Regional secondary school consolidation: theorizing an innovative model', Discourse, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2019.1636209
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Ranting, raving and complaining: reflections on working against orthodoxy', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 22, pp. 774 - 782, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2018.1492025
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'The relational approach and social epistemology in educational leadership: A rejoinder', Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, vol. 4, pp. 166 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.1.7
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Starting points for a relational approach to organizational theory: An overview', Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, vol. 4, pp. 16 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.30828/real/2019.1.2
2019
Eacott S, 2018, 'Fluctuations in value: the shifting worth of journal articles in educational administration', Critical Studies in Education, vol. 59, pp. 187 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2016.1186708
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Theoretical notes on a relational approach to principals’ time use', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 50, pp. 284 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2018.1478804
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Social epistemology and the theory turn: a response to Niesche', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 50, pp. 316 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2018.1508128
2018
Eacott S, 2017, 'A social epistemology for educational administration and leadership', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 49, pp. 196 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2017.1315380
2017
Eacott S, 2017, 'School leadership and the cult of the guru: the neo-Taylorism of Hattie', School Leadership and Management, vol. 37, pp. 413 - 426, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2017.1327428
2017
Asuga G; Scevak J; Eacott S, 2016, 'Educational leadership, management and administration in Africa: an analysis of contemporary literature', School Leadership and Management, vol. 36, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2016.1247042
2016
Asuga GN; Scevak J; Eacott S, 2016, 'Bringing a ‘Local’ Voice to a ‘Universal’ Discourse: School Leadership Preparation and Development in Kenya', International Studies in Educational Administration, vol. 44, pp. 25 - 39
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Methodological Notes on the Study of Educational Leadership Relationally', Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, vol. 25, pp. 3 - 14, http://jeaf.ca/index.php/jeaf/article/view/63/27
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Advancing the Relational Research Program', Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, vol. 25, pp. 59 - 70, http://jeaf.ca/index.php/jeaf/article/view/68/31
2016
Eacott S, 2015, 'The principalship, autonomy, and after', Journal of Educational Administration and History, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2015.996866
2015
Eacott S, 2015, 'Problematising the Intellectual Gaze of the Educational Administration Scholar', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 47, pp. 312 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2014.976926
2015
Asuga G; Eacott S; Scevak J, 2015, 'School leadership preparation and development in Kenya evaluating performance impact and return on leadership development investment', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 29, pp. 355 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-10-2013-0158
2015
Eacott S, 2015, 'The principalship, autonomy, and after', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 47, pp. 414 - 431, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2015.996866
2015
Eacott S; Evers C, 2015, 'New Frontiers in Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Theory', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 47, pp. 307 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2014.977530
2015
Eacott S; Norris J, 2014, 'Managerial Rhetoric, Accountability, and School Leadership in Contemporary Australia', Leadership and Policy in Schools, vol. 13, pp. 169 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15700763.2014.901395
2014
Eacott S; Hodges K, 2014, 'The generative temporality of teaching under revision', Critical Studies in Education, vol. 55, pp. 289 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2014.922488
2014
Eacott S; Asuga GN, 2014, 'School leadership preparation and development in Africa: A critical insight', Educational Management Administration and Leadership, vol. 42, pp. 919 - 934, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741143214523013
2014
Eacott S, 2013, '"Leadership" and the social: Time, space and the epistemic', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 27, pp. 91 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541311289846
2013
Eacott S, 2013, 'Towards a theory of school leadership practice: A Bourdieusian perspective', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 45, pp. 174 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2013.768966
2013
Wilkinson J; Eacott S, 2013, 'Outsiders within? Deconstructing the educational administration scholar', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 16, pp. 191 - 204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2012.750762
2013
Eacott S, 2013, 'The return on school leadership preparation and development programmes: A study on Australian university-based programmes', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 27, pp. 686 - 699, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-08-2012-0089
2013
Wilkinson J; Eacott S, 2013, 'These disruptive times: Rethinking critical educational leadership', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 16, pp. 135 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2012.753320
2013
Eacott S, 2013, 'Rethinking 'leadership' in education: A research agenda', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 45, pp. 113 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2013.768971
2013
Scott Eacott , 2012, 'Exploring the leadership practice of school leaders: A pilot study', International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/ijeaps12.005
2012
Eacott S, 2012, 'Introducing undergraduate students to school leadership concepts', Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 50, pp. 159 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09578231211210521
2012
Gladys N. Asuga , 2012, 'The learning needs of secondary school principals: An investigation in Nakuru district, Kenya', International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/ijeaps11.073
2012
Eacott S, 2012, 'Australian educational leadership today', AUSTRALIAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER, vol. 39, pp. 385 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-012-0063-y
2012
Eacott S, 2011, 'The pendulum swings: transforming school reform', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND HISTORY, vol. 43, pp. 85 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2010.543020
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'New look leaders or a new look at leadership?', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 25, pp. 134 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541111107560
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Leadership strategies: Re-conceptualising strategy for educational leadership', School Leadership and Management, vol. 31, pp. 35 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2010.540559
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Preparing 'educational' leaders in managerialist times: An Australian story', Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol. 43, pp. 43 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2010.532865
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'New look leaders or a new look at leadership?', Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 35, pp. 134 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541111107560
2011
Eacott S, 2011, 'Erratum: Bourdieu's Strategies and the challenge for educational leadership (International Journal of Leadership in Education (2003) 6:4)', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 14, pp. 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2011.569433
2011
Eacott DS, 2010, 'Tenure, functional track and strategic leadership', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541080000454
2010
Eacott S, 2010, 'Bourdieu's strategies and the challenge for educational leadership', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 13, pp. 265 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603120903410587
2010
Eacott S, 2010, 'Lacking a Shared Vision: Practitioners and the Literature on the Topic of Strategy', Journal of School Leadership, vol. 20, pp. 425 - 444, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/105268461002000403
2010
Eacott S, 2010, 'Tenure, functional track and strategic leadership', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 24, pp. 448 - 458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541011056009
2010
Eacott S, 2010, 'Studying school leadership practice: A methodological discussion', Issues in Educational Research, vol. 20, pp. 220 - 233
2010
Bates R; Eacott S, 2008, 'Teaching educational leadership and administration in Australia', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND HISTORY, vol. 40, pp. 149 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620802210913
2008
Eacott S, 2008, 'Strategy in educational leadership: In search of unity', Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 46, pp. 353 - 375, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09578230810869284
2008
Eacott S, 2008, 'An analysis of contemporary literature on strategy in education', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 11, pp. 257 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603120701462111
2008
Gamage DT; Eacott S; Ueyama T, 2006, 'Strategic leadership and planning for universities in the global economy', Education and Society, vol. 24, pp. 49 - 65
2006
Conference Presentations
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Eacott S, 2019, 'Overcoming substantialism through methodology not methods', presented at The 88th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 01 June 2019 - 07 June 2019
2019
Eacott S, 2019, 'Recasting the image of ‘the school’ through a relational analysis', presented at The 88th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 01 June 2019 - 07 June 2019
2019
Eacott S, 2018, 'Empowering educators through flipped school leadership', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 02 December 2018 - 06 December 2018
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Educational leadership researchers, (social) scientific credibility, and the Kardashian index', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 02 December 2018 - 06 December 2018
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Twitter tagging cartels, social science Kardashians, and the cult of the guru', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 02 December 2018 - 06 December 2018
2018
Eacott S, 2018, 'Beyond leadership: a relational approach to organizations', presented at XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, 15 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
2018
Eacott S, 2017, 'The Principals' Experiencing Time (PET) work: theoretical resources', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Stemler S; Eacott S, 2017, 'The Principals Experiencing Time (PET) work: project design', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Eacott S; Stemler S, 2017, 'Principals' exepriences of temporality', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Moses J; Eacott S, 2017, 'A case study of principals' experiences of time', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Eacott S, 2017, 'Ranting, raving and complaining: reflections on speaking outside the orthodoxy', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Eacott S, 2017, 'Beyond leadership: a relational approach to organizational theory in education', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra, Australia, 03 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
2017
Eacott S, 2016, 'Problems and possibilities of a relational approach', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 27 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Outlining the research design of a relational project on principals' time use', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 27 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Sketching a relational approach to principals' time use', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, 27 November 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Eacott S, 2016, 'Theoretical notes on a relational approach to principals' time use', presented at American Educational Research Association - Principals' Time Use, Canberra, Australia, 31 July 2016 - 03 August 2016
2016
Eacott S, 2015, 'We need to talk about 'leadership'', presented at Australian Council for Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 30 September 2015 - 02 October 2015
2015
Eacott S; Hayes P, 2015, 'Building professional learning networks virtually: the growth of #acelchat', presented at Australian Council for Educational Leaders Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 30 September 2015 - 02 October 2015
2015
Eacott S, 2015, 'Debunking 'leadership' through theory', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 29 November 2015 - 03 December 2015
2015
Eacott S, 2015, 'Thinking beyond 'leadership': towards a relational approach', presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 29 November 2015 - 03 December 2015
2015
Books
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Eacott S, 2018, Beyond Leadership, Springer Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2
2018
Eacott S, 2017, Beyond Leadership A Relational Approach to Organizational Theory in Education, Springer
2017
Eacott S; Evers C, 2016, New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory
2016
Eacott S, 2015, Educational leadership relationally: A theory and methodology for educational leadership, management and administration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-911-1
2015
Eacott S, 2011, Educational leadership and strategy in managerialist times, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1
2011
Eacott S, 2009, The strategic leadership of public school principals: An Australian study
2009
Edited Books
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Wilkinson J; Niesche R; Eacott S, (eds.), 2018, Challenges for public education: Reconceptualising educational leadership. policy and social justice as resources for hope, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, https://www.routledge.com/Challenges-for-Public-Education-Reconceptualising-Educational-Leadership/Wilkinson-Niesche-Eacott/p/book/9781138348226
2018
Lakomski G; Eacott S; Evers CW, (eds.), 2017, Questioning Leadership, Routledge, UK
2017
Eacott S; Evers CW, (ed.), 2016, New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory, Routledge, UK
2016
  • 2015 Hedley Beare Award - Most Outstanding Educational Leadership Writing (Australian Council for Educational Leaders)
  • 2014 Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper of the Year (2013)
    International Journal of Educational Management
  • 2013 Book Editor of the Year, Untested Ideas Center (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 2012 Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (NSW)
  • 2012 Emerald / ALCS African Management Research Award
    2012 Highly Commended, Emerald Literati Outstanding Papers of the Year (2011)
    International Journal of Educational Management
  • 2011-2012 Emerging Research Leaders Programme
    (Sponsored by Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research)
  • 2010 Australian Leadership Award – Fellowship (AusAID)
  • 2009 Highly Commended, Emerald / EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Educational Leadership and Strategy (Sponsor Journal of Educational Administration)
  • 2009 Runner-up, 7th Annual Emerging Scholar in Educational Leadership Award
    (Sponsored by International Journal of Leadership in Education)
  • 2007-08 The University of Newcastle Teaching and Learning Fellowship

A/Prof Eacott has expertise in educational leadership, particularly school leadership. Current projects include small town schools, school leadership and context, and school autonomy and social justice.

One of A/Prof Eacott's key areas of contribution and research interest is school leadership preparation and development. He has published in the area, has ongoing projects in Australia and overseas (with collaborators), successfully attracted funding through the Emerald African Management Research Award programme and used his scholarly approach to tertiary teaching to secure an AusAID funded project to bring 20 Filipino leaders to Australia for an intensive educational leadership programme. In 2007-2008 A/Prof Eacott was awarded an inaugural Teaching and Learning Fellowship at the University of Newcastle (Australia) to develop an entirely online educational leadership course. He has subsequently held multiple competitive teaching and learning grants while at ACU and UNSW for innovative educational leadership course and program designs.

Using a variety of approaches in his teaching, A/Prof Eacott's classes are distinctive for their privileging of rigorous and robust discussion and debate of key issues. Unlike traditional lecture or tutorial models, A/Prof Eacott explicitly engages with participants by challenging their ways of thinking and seeking to develop a commitment to public intellectualism. Following Michael Oakeshott, his central belief is that to be educated is to join the conversation of the world.

Courses taught in the Master of Educational Leadership include:

  • Organizational theory; and
  • Instructional leadership

He also offers a term-long course on his relational approach entitled: