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ERIC Number: EJ970807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Problematizing "Risk" and the Principalship: The Risky Business of Managing Risk in Schools
Starr, Karen
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v40 n4 p464-479 Jul 2012
Over the past two decades, risk in education has stimulated increasing attention and prominence, with principals bearing responsibility and liability for "managing" risk in schools. As a consequence, compulsory risk compliance regimes have become increasingly complex, technical and time-consuming. This article focuses on the responses of principals to issues surrounding "risk" and suggests that some risk processes themselves may be inherently risky. Principals fear that risk management regimes can incur professional and personal danger while ignoring some commonly known, politically sensitive, "risky" areas. The article considers the scope of risk in schools before turning to "undiscussables": how risk management puts principals at risk, and issues surrounding leaders as risk. Principals' concerns about marginalization from systemic risk decision-making, the individuation of risk management responsibility and suggestions for action are discussed, along with areas for future research. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia