Performing and Reforming Leaders

Gender, Educational Restructuring, and Organizational Change

Jill Blackmore; Judyth Sachs
eISBN-13: 9780791480403

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Winner of the 2007 Critics' Choice Award presented by the American Educational Studies Association

Performing and Reforming Leaders critically analyzes how women negotiate the dilemmas they face in leadership and managerial roles in Australian schools, universities, and continuing education. To meet the economic needs of the post-welfare nation state of the past decade, Australian education systems were restructured, and this restructuring coincided with many female teachers and academics moving into middle management as change agents. The authors examine how new managerialism and markets in education transformed how academics and teachers did their work, and in turn changed the nature of educational leadership in ways that were dissonant with the leadership practices and values women brought to the job. While largely focused on Australia, Performing and Reforming Leaders strongly resonates with the experiences of leaders in the United States and other nations that have undergone similar educational reforms in recent decades.

ISBNs 9780791470329, 0791480402, 9780791480403
Language English