ERIC Number: EJ1031773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Leadership Preparation: Engine of Transformation or Social Reproduction?
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v46 n3 p306-325 2014
William Taylor's 1969 chapter provides a springboard to reflect on how what he termed administrator training has developed since the 1960s. Responding also to Baron's insistence in the same volume that education be viewed as political, the article adopts a critical perspective, focusing on leader preparation programmes and exploring how they contribute to the reproduction or the transformation of education. The aim is to make readers more aware of the significance of such programmes in terms of sustaining or challenging inequality in schools. The literature was scrutinised for evidence of the aims and the beneficiaries of programmes. Little evidence is identified to suggest that learners ultimately benefit from leader preparation programmes and the article concludes that a process of misrecognition is at play. Administrator training appears to be part of sustaining rather than transforming education, yet is not generally recognised as such. The article challenges mainstream, normative assumptions about preparation programmes, that they aim at and achieve primarily benefit to learners. The article suggests the need to adopt Baron and Taylor's stance that a more sophisticated understanding of the structural and political context is axiomatic for the further development of preparation programmes.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Education, Leadership Training, Critical Theory, Gender Issues, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Politics of Education, Government Role, Neoliberalism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United Kingdom; United States