Just 'good and bad news'? Disciplinary imaginaries of head teachers in Australian and English print media

Blackmore, Jill and Thomson, Pat 2004, Just 'good and bad news'? Disciplinary imaginaries of head teachers in Australian and English print media, Journal of education policy, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 301-320.

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Title Just 'good and bad news'? Disciplinary imaginaries of head teachers in Australian and English print media
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Thomson, Pat
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 301
End page 320
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-05
ISSN 0268-0939
1464-5106
Keyword(s) media
policy
headteachers
leadership
Summary Australian and English print media are actively engaged in producing reports that claim to find the 'best schools', the 'real state of education', and 'star head teachers'. This article considers the production of knights and dames, maverick heads and struggling schools. It argues that some of these stories are clearly the products of departmental press bureau activities and policy agendas. It shows, however, that even those stories intended to critique government policy support paradoxically a notion of the singular importance of the headship and the virtues of heroic leadership. It is suggested that the simulacrum of the heroic head works as a normative disciplinary device for performative and market practices and is singularly off-putting to both serving and aspirant school leaders.
Language eng
Field of Research 130305 Educational Counselling
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002339

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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