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Educational Leadership Theory

The Principal and School Improvement

Theorising Discourse, Policy, and Practice

Authors: Heffernan, Amanda

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  • Presents unique theorising of the principalship that draws on Lyotard and Foucault
    Examines real-world case studies of school principals’ challenges and struggles 
    Discusses international implications of policy enactment for school leaders

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This book investigates the localised effects of reform by exploring the impact of a school improvement policy agenda on the work of three experienced principals. It presents three longitudinal case studies within a shared specific leadership context in Queensland, Australia. The case studies enable an exploration of the way the principalship in this context has evolved over time, providing deep insights into the practices and beliefs of three experienced school leaders working in a period of rapid and urgent systemic reform. The nature of global reform policy borrowing means that the research and the findings within this monograph are relevant for international audiences.

The book describes a new way to understand and theorise the effects of reform policies and associated pressures on school leaders. Using post-structural theory, it provides a better understanding of the specific effects of reform policy ensembles, particularly when combined with an analysis of the ways policy and discourse work together at a wider level to create an environment that disciplines the principalship. Further, it sheds lights on the means of complying with or contesting policy influences and how the work of leaders has changed over time.

About the authors

Dr Amanda Heffernan is a lecturer in Leadership at the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is a former school principal and previously worked as a principal coach and mentor in Australian public schools. Her research interests include the changing nature of principals’ work, and the experiences of principals working with vulnerable populations of students and communities. 
In 2018, Amanda was named the International Journal of Leadership in Education’s Emerging Scholar, and her doctoral thesis was awarded an Honourable Mention by the American Educational Research Association’s Division A (Administration, Organization, & Leadership).  Amanda was named a ‘New Voice Scholar’ in the area of Educational Leadership Research by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders in 2016, and was one of the 2015 recipients of the Australian Association for Research in Education’s Postgraduate Student Researcher Award for her paper exploring the way principals’ practices have changed since the 2008 introduction of NAPLAN testing. This paper was later nominated as a finalist for Springer’s Best Paper award for the Australian Educational Researcher journal. 
Amanda works with aspiring principals, supervises doctoral students in the areas of leadership and policy, is an active member of the Australian Association for Research in Education, and serves on editorial boards for distinguished education and leadership journals. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-1495-7
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-4642-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Principal and School Improvement
Book Subtitle
Theorising Discourse, Policy, and Practice
Authors
Series Title
Educational Leadership Theory
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1495-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1495-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1494-0
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4642-2
Series ISSN
2510-1781
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 179
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics