ERIC Number: EJ1084194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Principals of Audit: Testing, Data and "Implicated Advocacy"
Thompson, Greg; Mockler, Nicole
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v48 n1 p1-18 2016
Historically, school leaders have occupied a somewhat ambiguous position within networks of power. On the one hand, they appear to be celebrated as what Ball (2003) has termed the "new hero of educational reform"; on the other, they are often "held to account" through those same performative processes and technologies. These have become compelling in schools and principals are "doubly bound" through this. Adopting a Foucauldian notion of discursive production, this paper addresses the ways that the discursive "field" of "principal" (within larger regimes of truth such as schools, leadership, quality and efficiency) is produced. It explores how individual principals understand their roles and ethics within those practices of audit emerging in school governance, and how their self-regulation is constituted through NAPLAN--the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy. A key effect of NAPLAN has been the rise of auditing practices that change how education is valued. Open-ended interviews with 13 primary and secondary school principals from Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales asked how they perceived NAPLAN's impact on their work, their relationships within their school community and their ethical practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Role, Ethics, Audits (Verification), School Administration, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Testing, Accountability, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia