Professor Scott Eacott
Professor

Professor Scott Eacott

Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Supervisor: A/Prof James G. Ladwig

Master of Leadership and Management in Education

GradCert in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching

Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Social Science

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Education

An enduring issue for governments and systems has been how best to organise education to ensure equitable and inclusive education for all. Professor Eacott's research program has been dedicated to developing the necessary explanatory resources (e.g., relational theory) to respond effectively to the empirical question of how best to organise education. A key contribution has been the development of the Relational Inquiry into the Provision of Education (RIPE) analytical framework. This relatively new theoretical approach for organizational theory in education offers a methodological framework for the study of the provision of education at multiple levels.

Building from his relational approach, RIPE analysis comprise five phases:

  • Articulating the underlying generative assumptions on the purpose(s) of education (or a given topic);
  • Locating assumptions within different perspectives on the topic;
  • Investigating how those assumptions play out in practice;
  • Describing and explaining activities without imposing judgement; and
  • Using all of the above to show how things are and could be different.

Working at the intersection of education, sociology, demography, economics, planning, among others, and therefore leveraging cutting-edge analytical methods from multiple disciplines all held together through relational theory, Professor Eacott's ambitious research program aims to move beyond individual disciplinary based ways of understanding education and its impact to not just inform policy decisions but explicitly contribute to re-designing the provision of education to deliver equitable and inclusive education at scale.

Professor Eacott's distinctive relational approach has led to invitations to run workshops and give talks in Norway, Canada, the USA, Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico and throughout Australia. He has authored more than 100 publications, led major research projects and contributed to teams winning over $3.8M in external funding and successfully translated his research into policy and practice. Typical projects employing his RIPE analysis involve working collaboratively with systems, school leadership teams, and school communities to co-design plans to best meet the needs of all involved.

Phone
+61 2 9385 0704
Location
G15 Morven Brown Building
  • Books | 2018
    Eacott S, 2018, Beyond Leadership, Springer Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6568-2
    Books | 2017
    Eacott S, 2017, Beyond Leadership A Relational Approach to Organizational Theory in Education, Springer
    Books | 2016
    Eacott S; Evers C, 2016, New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory
    Books | 2015
    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
    Books | 2011
    Eacott S, 2011, Educational leadership and strategy in managerialist times, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-657-1
    Books | 2009
    Eacott S, 2009, The strategic leadership of public school principals: An Australian study
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R, 2021, 'Educational and instructional leadership', in Understanding Educational Leadership: Critical Perspectives and Approaches, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 221 - 236, https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/understanding-educational-leadership-9781350081833/
    Book Chapters | 2021
    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/
    Book Chapters | 2020
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2019
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2018
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2017
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2013
    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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 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
    Book Chapters | 2011
    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
    Book Chapters | 2009
    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
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Eacott S; Munoz Rivera F; Raad A, 2022, 'Leading Under Speculation: Small Schools, Context, and the Principalship', in Leading under Pressure, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 53 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80117-358-220221005
  • Edited Books | 2018
    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
    Edited Books | 2017
    Lakomski G; Eacott S; Evers CW, (eds.), 2017, Questioning Leadership, Routledge, UK
    Edited Books | 2016
    Eacott S; Evers CW, (ed.), 2016, New Directions in Educational Leadership Theory, Routledge, UK
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Blackmore J; MacDonald K; Keddie A; Gobby B; Wilkinson J; Eacott S; Niesche R, 2022, 'Election or selection? School autonomy reform, governance and the politics of school councils', Journal of Education Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2021.2022766
    Journal articles | 2022
    Eacott S, 2022, 'A relational enquiry into the provision of small schools', International Journal of Educational Research Open, vol. 3, pp. 100119 - 100119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2021.100119
    Journal articles | 2022
    Eacott S, 2022, 'Pracademia: an answer but not the answer to an enduring question', Journal of Professional Capital and Community, vol. 7, pp. 57 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-12-2020-0100
    Journal articles | 2022
    Eacott S, 2022, 'The principals’ workday: a relational analysis', International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 25, pp. 258 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1725645
    Journal articles | 2021
    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
    Journal articles | 2021
    Eacott S, 2021, 'Regional secondary school consolidation: theorizing an innovative model', Discourse, vol. 42, pp. 323 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2019.1636209
    Journal articles | 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. 35, pp. 1063 - 1073, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-02-2021-0061
    Journal articles | 2021
    MacDonald K; Keddie A; Blackmore J; Mahoney C; Wilkinson J; Gobby B; Niesche R; Eacott S, 2021, 'School autonomy reform and social justice: a policy overview of Australian public education (1970s to present)', Australian Educational Researcher, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-021-00482-4
    Journal articles | 2021
    Niesche R; Eacott S; Keddie A; Gobby B; MacDonald K; Wilkinson J; Blackmore J, 2021, 'Principals’ perceptions of school autonomy and educational leadership', Educational Management Administration and Leadership, pp. 174114322110341 - 174114322110341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/17411432211034174
    Journal articles | 2020
    Eacott S, 2020, 'Australian educational leadership research', Leading and Managing, vol. 26, pp. 77 - 83
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2020
    Eacott S, 2020, 'Relational Approaches to Educational Administration Research', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.647
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2019
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2018
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2017
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2015
    Eacott S, 2015, 'The principalship, autonomy, and after', Journal of Educational Administration and History, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2015.996866
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2014
    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
    Journal articles | 2013
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2012
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2011
    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
    Journal articles | 2010
    Eacott DS, 2010, 'Tenure, functional track and strategic leadership', International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513541080000454
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2010
    Eacott S, 2010, 'Studying school leadership practice: A methodological discussion', Issues in Educational Research, vol. 20, pp. 220 - 233
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2008
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 2006
    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
    Journal articles | 2022
    Strnadová I; Eacott S; Danker J; Dowse L; Lenne B; Alonzo D; Tso M; Loblinzk J, 2022, 'Leading schools for specific purposes: a relational analysis of provision', Journal of Educational Administration and History, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2022.2101989
  • Reports | 2022
    Eacott S; Munoz Rivera F; Wainer C; Raad A, 2022, Montessori education in Australian schools: charting a path
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 3
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Loughland T; Niesche R; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 4
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Munoz Rivera F, 2021, Steiner 2021: The curation of contemporary education, https://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/permalink/f/5gm2j3/unsworks_modsunsworks_77171
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Heffernan A; Loughland T; Gobby B; Durksen T, 2021, High-impact school leadership in regional, rural and remote schools, https://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/permalink/f/5gm2j3/unsworks_modsunsworks_75297
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 1
    Reports | 2021
    Eacott S; Niesche R; Loughland T; Durksen T; Heffernan A; Gobby B, 2021, High-impact school leadership: case study 2
    Reports | 2020
    Eacott S; Davison C, 2020, Evaluation of Griffith Secondary School Reform: Interim report year 1
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 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
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    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
    Reports | 2017
    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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    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
    Conference Presentations | 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
    Preprints |
    Eacott S, Educational Leadership Researchers, (Social) Scientific Credibility, and the Kardashian Index, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3248811

A representative sample of externally funded grants since 2015 includes:

  • Eacott, S. & Baldry, E. (2022). Building education systems for equity, excellence, and inclusion. Academy of Social Sciences Australia Workshop Program.
  • Eacott, S. (2021). Steiner Education Australia Leadership (SEAL) project. Steiner Education Australia.
  • Beswick, K., Piccoli, A., Roberts, P., Holden, R., Eacott, S., Loughland, T., & Alonzo, D. (2020-2021). Rural and Remote Education (RaRE) project. New South Wales Department of Education.
  • Keddie, A., Blackmore, J., Wilkinson, J., Gobby, B., Niesche, R., & Eacott, S. (2019-2021). School autonomy reform and social justice in Australian public education. Australian Research Council Discovery Project [DP190100190],
  • Eacott, S., Niesche, R., Loughland, T., Durksen, T., Heffernan, A., & Gobby, B. (2019-2020). School leadership and teaching incentives and impact. Australian Department of Education and Training.
  • Wainer, C. & Eacott, S. (2019). Regional secondary school consolidation: experiments in leadership. New South Wales Institute for Educational Research Grant.
  • Eacott, S., & Davison, C. (2018-2021). Griffith secondary school reform. New South Wales Department of Education.
  • Eacott, S., Davison, C., & Morsy, L. (2017-2018). Secondary school reform: a scoping study. New South Wales Department of Education.
  • Eacott, S. (2016-2017). School-university partnerships. External Industry Partners.
  • Gallagher, R. & Eacott, S. (2015). Relations, organizing and leadership in education. New South Wales Institute of Educational Research.

  • Neil Cranston Lecture, Australian Association for Education Research - Educational Leadership Special Interest Group, 2021
  • Education Research Award, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (NSW), 2021
  • Most outstanding reviewer, International Journal of Educational Management, 2020
  • The Educator's Hotlist, 2019
  • Australia's leading researcher in the field of Educational Administration (The Australian Research Magazine), 2018
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Saskatchewan (Canada), 2018
  • Visiting Scholar, Western University (Canada), 2018
  • Hedley Beare Award - Most Outstanding Educational Leadership Writing (Australian Council for Educational Leaders), 2015
  • Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper of the Year (2013, International Journal of Educational Management), 2014
  • Book Editor of the Year, Untested Ideas Center (Niagara Falls, NY), 2013
  • 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), 2012
  • Emerging Research Leaders Program, 2011-2012
  • Australian Leadership Award (AusAID), 2010
  • 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, 2009
  • The University of Newcastle Teaching and Learning Fellowship, 2007-2008

MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL BOARDS

  • Educational Management, Administration & Leadership (2017-)
  • Educational Leadership Theory book series (Springer, Founding Co-Editor, 2017-)
  • Relational Sociology book series (Palgrave, 2015-)
  • Journal of Applied Social Theory (2015-)
  • Research in Educational Administration and Leadership (Section, Australia/Pacific Editor, 2015-)
  • International Journal of Educational Management (2013-)
  • Leading & Managing (2013-)
  • Journal of Educational Administration and History (2013-, including Book Review Editor 2013-2017)
  • International Journal of Leadership in Education (2013-)
  • Leadership and Policy Quarterly (2012-)
  • Perspectives in Educational Leadership (2011-2014)
  • Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (2009-2015) 

MEMBERSHIP

  • American Educational Research Association 2010-
  • British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society 2010-2015
  • Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management 2010-2015
  • Australian Association for Educational Research 2008-
  • Australian Council for Educational Leaders 2003-2016

My Research Supervision

Current supervised topics include:

- Regional secondary school reform;

- Middle leaders in regional and rural schools;

- School reform in urban alternative schools; and

- Alternative providers of schooling and context.

My Teaching

Using a variety of approaches in his teaching, Professor Eacott's classes are distinctive for their privileging of rigorous and robust discussion and debate of key issues. Unlike traditional lecture or tutorial models, Professor 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. This belief shapes how Professor Eacott sees the role of the course convenor, students, curriculum and assessment. In short, he expects students to actively participate in conversations about the content, assumptions, and implications of field shaping ideas for the purpose of organising education to deliver on desired outcomes.

Professor Eacott has been a Teaching and Learning Fellow (University of Newcastle), secured AusAID funding to bring 20 Filipino leaders to Australia for an intensive educational leadership program, and received internal funding (at three universities) for teaching and learning projects relating to online delivery of educational leadership courses. 

Current courses taught in the Master of Educational Leadership include:

He has previously offered a term-long course on his relational approach entitled:

  • Relational inquiry in the social sciences

Professor Education also offers an online short course (5 weeks) on: