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ERIC Number: EJ893236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Life on Mars: Headteachers before the National College
Gunter, Helen M.; Thomson, Patricia
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v42 n3 p203-222 Aug 2010
In the hit BBC TV drama "Life on Mars" Sam Tyler had an accident and woke up in 1973. Is he mad, in a coma or actually back in time? As the drama unfolds he experiences a world without performance audits but also one without the safeguards for arrest, detention and the interviewing of suspects mandated by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984). The acclaimed series has led to flights of nostalgia, not least for a world in which police could get on with "real policing" without "unnecessary" paperwork. In this article, we will metaphorically go back in time to contemporary and historical practices of headship in English schools. If a headteacher from 2009 were to wake up in 1973 what would they understand about their work, what would be the same, what would be different? What taken-for-granted current practices might get them into trouble, what might frustrate them--and what might delight them that they would bring back to the current job if they could? Mobilising Bourdieu's thinking tools, we will examine these questions through an analysis of published and unpublished texts produced by heads about their work. (Contains 84 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom