Restructuring educational leadership in changing contexts: a local/global account of restructuring in Australia

Blackmore, Jill 2004, Restructuring educational leadership in changing contexts: a local/global account of restructuring in Australia, Journal of educational change, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 267-288.

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Title Restructuring educational leadership in changing contexts: a local/global account of restructuring in Australia
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Journal name Journal of educational change
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 267
End page 288
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Place of publication Dordrecht, Nethrlands
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 1389-2843
1573-1812
Keyword(s) School leadership
Educational restructuring
Managerialism
Education markets
Summary The 1990s saw considerable structural reform in school education in many Anglophone nation states, marked by trends towards school-based, site-based, self-managing and self-governing schools. This article illustrates through a case study of educational restructuring in Victoria, Australia, how leadership, as a discursive practice, is redefined in the context of spatial and cultural restructuring. Restructuring produced a spatial redistribution of educational provision and individual opportunities as a result of structural adjustment reforms. These same policy moves towards post-welfarism also produced cultural shifts in attitudes to education with the rise of the new instrumentalism and entrepeneurialism. For school principals at the forefront of self managing schools, this meant shifts in resource distribution through new policy mechanisms of managerial and market accountability, and also new priorities impacting on leadership practices with a move from dialogic to decisional modes of management. The question is how recent policy moves towards learning networks and reinventing systematic support with a focus on locational disadvantage are addressing what were increased educational disparities between schools and students. Does this provide scope for more equity-driven leadership practices?
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Kluwer Academic Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002859

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