One school principal's journey from the mainstream to the alternative

Riddle, Stewart ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1653-1300 and Cleaver, David (2013) One school principal's journey from the mainstream to the alternative. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 16 (3). pp. 367-378. ISSN 1360-3124

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Abstract

This paper presents the story of one school principal's journey from mainstream to alternative schooling. Drawn from a larger project at the school where themes of commitment, community and culture, and curriculum connectedness were apparent, this paper focuses on the philosophies and lived experiences of the principal via a narrative method drawing from narrative methodologies, feminist and poststructuralist perspectives. School leadership is a significant factor in school success. In this case, the principal plays a crucial role in the growing story of successful alternative schooling models, and as such, the philosophies and motivations of such leaders need to be more fully examined. Given the current neoliberal climate within many developed countries driving an agenda of high-stakes testing regimes and centralised curricula, it becomes more important than ever to highlight alternative ways of approaching school leadership.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 01:56
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 03:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative school settings; educational leadership; learner centered schools; leadership (reflective); philosophy of education
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2012.732243
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21701

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