Problematizing 'risk' and the principalship : the risky business of managing risk in schools

Starr, Karen 2012, Problematizing 'risk' and the principalship : the risky business of managing risk in schools, Educational management, administration & leadership, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 464-479.

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Title Problematizing 'risk' and the principalship : the risky business of managing risk in schools
Author(s) Starr, Karen
Journal name Educational management, administration & leadership
Volume number 40
Issue number 4
Start page 464
End page 479
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 1741-1432
Keyword(s) principals and risk management
risk
risk in education
Summary Over the past two decades, risk in education has stimulated increasing attention and prominence, with principals bearing responsibility and liability for ‘managing’ risk in schools. As a consequence, compulsory risk compliance régimes have become increasingly complex, technical and time-consuming. This article focuses on the responses of principals to issues surrounding ‘risk’ and suggests that some risk processes themselves may be inherently risky. Principals fear that risk management régimes can incur professional and personal danger while ignoring some commonly known, politically sensitive, ‘risky’ areas. The article considers the scope of risk in schools before turning to ‘undiscussables’: how risk management puts principals at risk, and issues surrounding leaders as risk. Principals’ concerns about marginalization from systemic risk decision-making, the individuation of risk management responsibility and suggestions for action are discussed, along with areas for future research.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
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