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Women primary principals in independent schools : creativity and inspiration

conference contribution
posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by N Kershaw, Evelyn Johnson
The purpose of my research is to reinvigorate educational leadership through improved understandings of women primary principals in Independent schools, thereby rethinking the current directions. By 'reinvigorate' I mean investigate what serves as inspiration for current women primary leaders and explore how this might be better used to generate the kinds of educational change that lead to more dynamic primary school leadership. These 'improved understandings' are expected to suggest a reconceptualizing of primary school leadership by, what I coin 'response-ability'. By 'response-ability' I mean to expose untapped potentials in primary leadership performance so that the leader utilizes the full range of their knowledge, skills and values.

There are acknowledged gaps in the primary school Independent sector concerning women in leadership both theory and practice and in this instance the Victorian context. Considerable research surrounds educational leadership [Peter Hill (2003), Neil Cranston (2001), Frances Townsend (1999),Helen Telford.(1996) and Caldwell & Spinks (1992)]. In particular Jill Blackmore's, (1999) research analysed a number of projects focusing on women secondary principals. As a critique of leadership her research exposed the gendered influences reinforced through culture, values and language

However there has been limited research into women in primary leadership and the implications for the Independent sector. In summary this research aims to understand women in primary educational leadership and investigate the significance of their untapped knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. Furthermore to propose what may constitute 'Response-able' leadership that could serve to highlight ethical principles, authenticity and creativity.

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Event

Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2004 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Pagination

1 - 9

Publisher

Australian Association for Research in Education

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2004-11-28

End date

2004-12-02

ISSN

1324-9339

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2004, AARE

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffery

Title of proceedings

AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings

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