Students' perspectives on leadership: Interpretations of symbolic, social and cultural capital

Keeffe, Mary and Andrews, Dorothy (2011) Students' perspectives on leadership: Interpretations of symbolic, social and cultural capital. Leading and Managing, 17 (2). pp. 21-35. ISSN 1329-4539

Abstract

The nature of student leadership in schools may be changing to reflect an increase in the importance of social networking over educational gain. To understand these trends it is important to speak with students and investigate leadership from their perspective. A range of adolescent responsive methodologies were used in this study to facilitate student interpretations of leadership contexts. The methods included drama vignettes, photovoice and mind mapping. The student perspectives were analysed using Bourdieu's (1977) notions of habitus, field and capital to understand how students saw leadership, self and education converge or partition. The study found that students were able to understand and accept symbolic and social forms of capital but they were unable to make an explicit link between student leadership and educational gain. This raises the proposition that student understandings of leadership are grounded in social, rather than pedagogical experiences.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dorothy Andrews
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 05 May 2012 02:50
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; symbolic capital; social capital; cultural capital
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20259

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