Educational Leadership, Power and Activism (in FE): a reconciliation
12 Nov 2019
The seminar starts from a critical perspective on leadership. In policy terms college principalship and school headship is viewed as the prime location for leadership which is singular in both location and execution. In this view of leadership, leaders lead, managers manage, and Others carry out instructions.
Inscribed in this notion of leadership is a power / resistance dichotomy. Power is located within the body of the leader / manager while resistance, the province of the other – is something to be overcome. This seminar will explore varying ways in which this dichotomy might be challenged. Once the dichotomy is negated the theoretical and practical possibilities inscribed in leadership and activism can begin to resonate.
This is a cross disciplinary session bringing together colleagues from diverse areas of study: leadership studies, post-16 education, teacher education and activism working across equally as broad disciplinary and theoretical fields.
The session will explore:
How might the field of leadership studies be reframed and reconsidered to surmount the dichotomous categorization between leader and activist
In what ways might the field of educational leadership or (post-16) education be enhanced by this reframing?
What theoretical framework actively encourages this reframing
What activist potential is advanced by this reframing?