Conceptions of responsibility within and beyond neoliberal frames: a story of leadership in an English primary school

Keddie, Amanda 2016, Conceptions of responsibility within and beyond neoliberal frames: a story of leadership in an English primary school, Educational management administration &lLeadership, vol. In Press, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1177/1741143216670648.

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Title Conceptions of responsibility within and beyond neoliberal frames: a story of leadership in an English primary school
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Educational management administration &lLeadership
Volume number In Press
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11-15
ISSN 1741-1432
1741-1440
Keyword(s) responsibilisation
neoliberalism
school accountability
care relations
primary school leadership
Summary This paper explores different conceptions of responsibility within and beyond neoliberal frames. Such exploration draws on the experiences and accounts of ‘Ashleigh’, a head teacher at a primary school in outer London that is part of an academy chain. Ashleigh and her school were key participants in a study that explored matters of accountability, performativity and equity. Through the presentation of interview data gathered from Ashleigh and six of her staff, the paper theorises ways of being a head teacher as aligning with the responsible neoliberal subject – a self-determined and rational actor who readily takes up the modes of regulation and measurement expected of them. It also highlights how this subjectivity sits within and alongside relations of care and concern for the welfare of students and teachers. The paper critically examines the implications of these different conceptions of responsibility in their production of different versions of professionalism. It also seeks to broaden current scholarly understandings of the responsible neoliberal subject and provide a counter-story to the tendency within public and political discourse for responsibility to be constructed in largely neoliberal terms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1741143216670648
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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