Principal selection: homosocialibility, the search for security and the production of normalized principal identities

Blackmore, Jill, Thomson, Pat and Barty, Karin 2006, Principal selection: homosocialibility, the search for security and the production of normalized principal identities, Educational management administration & leadership, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 297-317.

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Title Principal selection: homosocialibility, the search for security and the production of normalized principal identities
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Thomson, Pat
Barty, Karin
Journal name Educational management administration & leadership
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 297
End page 317
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-07
ISSN 1741-1432
1741-1440
Keyword(s) career paths
gender
principalship
selection
Summary Researchers investigating the decline of potential applicants for principalships have demonstrated that teachers perceive there to be a significant problem in current selection procedures. This article reports an investigation in two Australian states into principal selection. Drawing on a corpus of interviews, two case studies and administrative guidelines, we highlight five key problems in the interview process: (1) the dependence of selection panels on a written application; (2) the dilemma of experience versus potential; (3) the covert rule about the appointment of preferred applicants; (4) the quandary of panel competency; and (5) the evidence of inconsistency of decisions. We argue that the selection process amounts to a reproductive technology which, in the quest for certainty and safety, results in particular kinds of people being successful. This amounts we suggest, whether the selection process is managed by progressive or conservative personnel, to a form of homosociability the tendency to select people just like oneself.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, BELMAS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003487

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