The mythology of leadership

While leadership is much desired in the contemporary world, what exactly is it? This is an important question to ask, especially so for those studying educational leadership, management and administration. Leadership has not always been the label of choice. As a field of study we have shifted from Educational Administration through to Educational Management and…

Disruptions in production

Questioning Leadership offers a diverse mix of cutting-edge research in the field of educational leadership, with contributions from expert and emerging leadership scholars. It contextualises school leadership within broader social and historical contexts and traces its influence on school performance through time, from its relatively modest role within a systems theory paradigm to its growing…

Relational approaches and the challenge for studying organizations

An interdisciplinary workshop, 14-15 July 2016 (UNSW) Call for Papers In his classic paper, Manifesto for a relational sociology, Emirbayer (1997) declares that ‘social thinkers from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, national traditions, and analytic and empirical points of view are fast converging upon this [a relational] frame of reference’ (p. 311). As part…

Hedley Beare Award 2015

Last week I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.  Previous winners include John Hattie, Viviane Robinson, Peter Ribbins, Pat Duignan, Frank Crowther, Neil Cranston, Neil Dempster, Paul Brock. One thing that does stand out is that since the award’s inception in…

#acelconf15 – day three

Day Three marked the final day of #acelconf15. For many this was to be the highlight of the conference with the two big names (Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan) presenting. For me, it did not live up to the hype. The student performances were outstanding everyday, but I was especially impressed on day three. I…

#acelconf15 – day two

Day two was the biggest day at #acelconf15 – five keynote / plenary sessions, two breakout sessions and then the national awards. The day kicked off with more outstanding student performances. This is a great tradition at the ACEL conference. Yong Zhao presented the first keynote of the day. An entertaining and humorous account of…

#acelconf15 – day one

This week I am attending the annual conference of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (#acelconf15). It is my first back at the conference since 2012 so I thought I would reflect on my experiences across the days. As is always the case at ACEL conferences, day one started with exceptional performances by outstanding students….

Working on the margins

This week I received positive feedback, well for the most part, on a book proposal. While not a contract just yet, I will keep you posted as that develops. What is more interesting, at least for now, is the less than positive feedback. Some comments in particular struck a chord with me. First is this…

The power of where you work

In July I relocated to the University of New South Wales to take up a position as Director of the Office of Educational Leadership (the website is a work in progress, so feel free to keep checking back on us) in the School of Education. Not surprisingly, as with move, it has been a disruptive time…

Problematizing authenticity

In the past two years I have been consistently faced with ‘authenticity’ as an adjective of choice. Authentic leadership, authentic learning, and a general pursuit of authenticity. This is not to take away from scholars working in the space. Academics such as Paul Begley, Chris Branson and many others among the UCEA Center for the Study…