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Primary school leadership in England: performativity and matters of professionalism

Keddie, Amanda 2017, Primary school leadership in England: performativity and matters of professionalism, British journal of sociology of education, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1273758.

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Title Primary school leadership in England: performativity and matters of professionalism
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name British journal of sociology of education
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0142-5692
Keyword(s) performativity
educator professionalism
school accountability
Summary This article presents interview data from a study involving nine primaryschool leaders. Five are leaders of local authority schools while four areleaders of schools within a large academy chain. The article examinestheir perspectives about the current regimes of performativity in theEnglish education context and, in particular, the accountability demandsof Ofsted. Mindful of contemporary concerns about the tensions betweenperformativity and professionalism in education, the analysis highlightsthe different ways in which each group responds to external accountabilitydemands. The article illustrates how investments in traditional andentrepreneurial professionalism continue to impact on how the currentdemands of performativity are understood. It highlights the significanceof conceptualising educator professionalism beyond dichotomies thatidealise the former at the expense of the latter and the importance of anongoing critical focus on the ways in which professionalism is currently being articulated in schools.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01425692.2016.1273758
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
1399 Other Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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