ERIC Number: EJ811424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Intersections of Organizational Justice and Identity under the New Policy Direction: Important Understandings for Educational Leaders
Poole, Wendy L.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v11 n1 p23-42 Jan 2008
The application of market-based principles to school management and the onset of heavy-handed accountability represent a new policy direction in education. The new policy direction has led to a reconceptualization of the purpose of education, the redesign of teaching work and attempts to manage teacher identities to align them with the new official organizational identities of schools. Such changes have created identity-based injustices for many teachers whose identities are incompatible with the new policy direction. While teachers continue to exercise agency in the face of identity management strategies, those who have attempted to resist as individuals encounter considerable difficulty. There may be more promise for the exercise of agency and resistance in the form of collective action. Educational administrators, who play an important role in the management of teacher identity, need to consider the moral implications of their actions. An important step for administrators is the development of professional self-identities that emphasize Langford's notion of agency as "principals", as opposed to self-identifying as "agents-for-another".
Descriptors: Administrators, Alignment (Education), Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Role of Education, Professional Autonomy, Organizational Climate, Justice, Professional Personnel, Identification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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