ERIC Number: EJ1075141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
"Get off My Bus!" School Leaders, Vision Work and the Elimination of Teachers
Courtney, Steven J.; Gunter, Helen M.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v18 n4 p395-417 2015
In this paper, we argue that school leaders are removing those who embody or vocalize alternative conceptualizations of educator. It seems as if Collins' call in his 2001 book "Good to Great" to "get the right people on the bus" is being taken very seriously by school leaders seeking to raise standards. This is achieved by eradicating "inadequate" teaching, and implementing the leader's "vision", which we argue consists in silencing and potentially removing professional voice, knowledge and contributions. We present data from nine headteachers who talk about their vision and vision work, and in deploying Arendtian thinking, we think the unthinkable about how teachers can be rendered disposable and are disposed of. Arendt's political thinking tools help us to consider how, through routine practices, current models of school leadership enable totalitarian practices to become ordinary.
Descriptors: School Administration, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles, Governance, Strategic Planning, Administrative Principles, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Investigations, Neoliberalism, Political Attitudes, Ideology, Principals, Administrative Organization, Teacher Empowerment, Professional Autonomy, Foreign Countries, Interviews
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom