Department of Education

Professor Chris James

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Director of Impact
Professor of Educational Leadership and Management

1 West North 4.13
Email: c.james@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3280

Taught programmes

Profile

Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. His main research interests are in the leadership and management in schools and colleges, the affective aspects of educational organisations, collaborative working in educational settings and school governing and governance.

During his career, Chris has worked with a range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations including numerous local authorities and schools. He has directed a large number of educational research projects with a total value in excess of £1 million and published over 200 items including six books. Chris has recently completed two research projects on school governing in England.

Research interests

  • Leadership and management in education
  • School governing and governance
  • Affective aspects of educational leadership and management
  • System psychodynamics
  • Collaborative working in educational settings

Current projects

  • Chair of Governors Research Project funded by CfBT Education Trust

Teaching

Postgraduate

Publications

Book/s

Balarin, M., Brammer, S., James, C. and Mccormack, M., 2008. The school governance study. Business in the Community.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2006. How Very Effective Primary Schools Work. Sage.

Book Sections

James, C., Connolly, M. and Farrell, C., 2015. Local Government and Education in England. In: Annuaire 2014. Groupe de Recherche d*Administration Locale en Europe (GRALE).

James, C. and Crawford, M., 2014. Researching with feeling:the case for an affective paradigm in social and organisational research. In: Clarke, C., Broussine, M. and Watts, L., eds. Researching with Feeling. London, U. K.: Routledge, 147 - 163.

James, C., 2012. Teaching as an affective practice. In: Daniels, H., Porter, J. and Lauder, H., eds. Educational Theories, Cultures and Learning. London, U. K.: Taylor & Francis, pp. 165-176.

James, C., 2009. The psychodynamics of educational change. In: Hargreaves, A., Lieberman, A., Fullan, M. and Hopkins, D., eds. Second international handbook of educational change. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 47-64. (Springer International Handbooks of Education; 23)

James, C., 2008. Teaching as affective practice. In: Daniels, H., Porter, J. and Lauder, H., eds. The Routledge Companion to Education. London: Routledge.

James, C. R. and Vince, R., 2005. Developing the leadership capability of headteachers. In: Researching educational leadership: Perspectives, values and ethics. Buckingham: Open University Press.

James, C. R., 2004. The work of educational leaders in building creative and passionate schools and colleges. In: Tomlinson, H., ed. Educational Management: Major Themes in Education. London: Taylor & Francis.

Aubrey-Hopkins, J. and James, C. R., 2002. The influencing role of subject leaders in secondary schools. In: Kydd, L., Anderson, L. and Newton, W., eds. Leading People and Teams in Education. Buckingham: Paul Chapman Publishing..

Articles

Bunnell, T., Fertig, M. and James, C., 2016. Forthcoming. Establishing the legitimacy of a school’s claim to be ‘International’:The provision of an international curriculum as the institutional primary task. Educational Review

Bunnell, T., Fertig, M. and James, C., 2016. Forthcoming. What is international about International Schools?:An institutional legitimacy perspective. Oxford Review of Education

Cottrell, M. and James, C., 2016. Theorizing headteacher socialization from a role boundary perspective. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 44 (1), pp. 6-19.

Earley, P., Bubb, S., Eddy-Spicer, D., Crawford, M. and James, C., 2016. Governing bodies and headteacher performance and pay:the role of external advisers. Education Review, 68 (3), pp. 257-273.

Hill, R. and James, C., 2015. An analysis of the role and responsibilities of chairs of further education college and sixth-form college governing bodies in England. Educational Management Administration and Leadership

James, C. and Oplatka, I., 2015. An exploration of the notion of the 'good enough school'. Management in Education, 29 (2), pp. 77-82.

Dale, D. and James, C., 2015. The importance of affective containment during unwelcome educational change:The curious incident of the deer hut fire. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 43 (1), pp. 92-106.

James, C., Connolly, M., Brammer, S., Fertig, M., James, J. and Jones, J., 2014. A comparison of the governing of primary and secondary schools in England. School Leadership & Management, 34 (2), pp. 104-119.

James, C. and Sheppard, P., 2014. The governing of international schools:The implications of ownership and profit motive. School Leadership & Management, 34 (1), pp. 2-20.

Connolly, M., Farrell, C. and James, C., 2014. Trends in the Governance of Education in the UK. Local Government Studies, 40 (6), pp. 888-892.

James, C., 2014. Trends in the governance and governing of schools in England. Local Government Studies, 40 (6), pp. 893-909.

Cutajar, M., Bezzina, C. and James, C., 2013. Educational reforms in Malta:A missed opportunity to establish distributed governance. Management in Education, 27 (3), pp. 118-124.

James, C., Brammer, S., Connolly, M., Eddy Spicer, D., James, J. and Jones, J., 2013. The challenges facing school governing bodies in England:A 'perfect storm'? Management in Education, 27 (3), pp. 84-90.

James, C., Jones, J., Connolly, M., Brammer, S., Fertig, M. and James, J., 2012. The role of the chair of the school governing body in England. School Leadership & Management, 32 (1), pp. 3-19.

James, C., Brammer, S. and Fertig, M., 2011. International perspectives on school governing under pressure. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 39 (4), pp. 394-397.

Connolly, M. and James, C., 2011. Reflections on developments in school governance: international perspectives on school governing under pressure. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 39 (4), pp. 501-509.

James, C., Brammer, S., Connolly, M., Fertig, M., James, J. and Jones, J., 2011. School governing bodies in England under pressure: the effects of socio-economic context and school performance. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 39 (4), pp. 414-433.

James, C. and Goodhew, C., 2011. An analysis of a subject department in an English secondary school using the collaborative practice analytical framework. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 39 (3), pp. 317-332.

Connolly, M., James, C. and Beales, B., 2011. Contrasting perspectives on organizational culture change in schools. Journal of Educational Change, 12 (4), pp. 421-439.

James, C. and Connolly, M., 2009. An analysis of the relationship between the organizational culture and the performance of staff work groups in schools and the development of an explanatory model. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 12 (4), pp. 389-407.

James, C. R. and Jones, N., 2008. A case study of the mismanagement of educational change: An interpretation from an affective standpoint. Journal of Educational Change, 9 (1), pp. 1-16.

James, C., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2008. High attainment schools in disadvantaged settings:An interpretation of significant characteristics from a system psychodynamics perspective. International Studies in Educational Administration, 36 (2), pp. 66-79.

James, C. R., 2007. BELMAS: views from the Chair. Management in Education, 21, pp. 1-3.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2007. Collaborative practice: A model of successful working in schools. Journal of Educational Administration, 45 (5), pp. 541-555.

James, C. R., 2007. Collaborative practice: The basis of Good Educational Work. Management in Education, 21, pp. 32-37.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2007. Lessons from successful schools in disadvantaged settings: It’s both what you do and the way that you do it, that’s what gets results! Management in Education, 20 (4), pp. 14-17.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2007. Systemic leadership for schools. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 35 (4), pp. 573-588.

Connolly, M. and James, C., 2006. Collaboration for school improvement: resource dependency and institutional frameworks of analysis. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 34, p. 69.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G., Elliott, T. and Tlumaczyla, D. E., 2006. Bardzo efektywna szkola. Co to znaczy - czesc 1. Dyrector Szkoly 2, 146, pp. 9-11.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G., Elliott, T. and Tlumaczyla, D. E., 2006. Bardzo efektywna szkola. Co to znaczy - czesc 1. Dyrector Szkoly 3, 146, pp. 13-19.

Dunning, G., James, C. R. and Jones, N., 2005. Splitting and projection at work in schools. Journal of Educational Administration, 43 (3), 244--259.

James, C. R., Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and Elliott, T., 2005. Successful primary schools in disadvantaged settings: What they do, how they do it and why it works. Orbit (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Avery, G., Colebourne, D., Florek, A. and James, C. R., 2004. Building the Capacity of Local Education Authorities in Wales: context, processes and developments. Journal of In-Service Education, 30, 73--88.

James, C. R. and Colebourne, D., 2004. Managing the performance of staff in LEAs in Wales: Practice, problems and possibilities. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 32 (1), 45--66.

Avery, G., D, C., Florek, A. and James, C. R., 2004. Issues in the development of capacity in LEAs in Wales. Journal of In-Service Education, 11 (2), pp. 305-320.

James, C. R. and Hopkins, J. A., 2003. The leadership authority of educational middle managers: The case of subject leaders in Wales. International Studies in Educational Administration, 31 (1), 1--14.

Aubrey-Hopkins, J. and James, C. R., 2002. Improving practice in subject departments: The experience of secondary school subject leaders in Wales. School Leadership and Management, 22 (3), pp. 305-320.

Connolly, M., Dunning, G. and James, C. R., 2002. The development of the Professional Headship Induction Programme in Wales. International Journal of Educational Management, 16 (7), pp. 339-348.

Aubrey-Hopkins, J. and James, C. R., 2002. The use of tangible rewards in the management of pupil behaviour in comprehensive secondary schools in Wales. Welsh Journal of Education, 11 (2), pp. 91-108.

Reports/Papers

James, C., Goodall, J., Hill, R. and Forest, C., 2015. The role of the clerk to the corporation of further education colleges in England in ensuring high quality college governance. The Education and Training Foundation.

James, C. and Goodall, J., 2014. IPR Policy Brief - The State of School Governing in England 2014. University of Bath.

James, C. and Goodall, J. S., 2014. The State of School Governing 2014. University of Bath.

James, C., Brammer, S., Connolly, M., Eddy Spicer, D., James, J. and Jones, J., 2012. A review of the literature on role of the board chair: what are the messages for chairs of school governing bodies? CfBT Education Trust.

Brown, C., James, C. and Lauder, H., 2011. Managing Mobility to Maximise Learning. National College for Leaderships of Schools and Children’s Services.

James, C., Brammer, S., Connolly, M., Fertig, M., James, J. and Jones, J., 2010. The 'hidden givers': a study of school governing bodies in England. CfBT Education Trust.

Conference or Workshop Items

Bunnell, T., Fertig, M. and James, C., 2016. Bringing institutionalisation to the fore in educational organisational theory: Analysing International Schools as institutions. In: Aamerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2016-04-08 - 2016-04-12, US.

Hawkins, M. and James, C., 2016. Theorising schools as organisations: Isn’t it all about complexity? In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2016-04-08 - 2016-04-12, US.

Bunnell, T., Fertig, M. and James, C., 2015. The institutionalisation of International Schools:An illustration and development of an analytical framework. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS Annual Conference 2015), 2015-07-10 - 2015-07-12.

James, C. and Goodall, J., 2015. The role and responsibilities of the clerk in further education and sixth form colleges in England in ensuring high quality college governance. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS Annual Conference 2015), 2015-07-10 - 2015-07-12.

James, C., Forrest, C., Goodall, J. and Hill, R., 2015. The role of the clerk to the corporation in the governance of further education and sixth form colleges in England.

Eddy Spicer, D. H. and James, C., 2010. The development of an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2010-04-30 - 2010-05-04.

James, C., 2009. School governance for the 21st century. In: Governance for 21st Century Schools Conference, 2009-06-25.

Goodhew, C. and James, C., 2009. Collaborative practice under pressure: What happens in a secondary school subject department when the task is taken away? In: BELMAS Symposium at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2009), 2009-04-13 - 2009-04-17.

Connolly, M., James, C. and Beales, B., 2009. Perspectives on organisational culture and the implications for changing the culture of school staff groups. In: Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2009), 2009-04-13 - 2009-04-17.

James, C., 2009. What works, why it works and what really matters. In: Wiltshire County Council Department for Children and Education Conference 'Making a Difference', 2009-03-10.

James, C., 2008. Collaborative practice in schools: Developing understandings of educational organising using systems psychodynamics theory. In: Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2008), 2008-03-24 - 2008-03-28.

Beales, B., Connolly, M. and James, C., 2008. Process Ontology, inseparability: Educational leaders and schools in a joint process of social becoming. In: Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2008), 2008-03-24 - 2008-03-28.

James, C., 2008. Lessons from successful schools in disadvantaged settings. In: Schools Effectiveness Research, North of England Education Conference, 2008-01-10.

Balarin, M., Brammer, S., James, C. and Mccormack, M., 2008. Current issues of concern in school governance in England. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS Annual Conference 2008), 2008-07-04 - 2008-07-06.

Connolly, M., James, C. and Beales, B., 2008. Perspective on managing organisational culture improvement in schools. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS Annual Conference 2008), 2008-07-04 - 2008-07-06.

James, C., 2008. Thinking beyond leadership, management and administration: Developing organisational theory for schools and colleges. In: Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA 2008), 2008-03-24 - 2008-03-28.

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