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Deconstructing Educational Leadership

Derrida and Lyotard, 1st Edition

By Richard Niesche


144 pages

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Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard constitute two of the most notable figures of poststructuralist thought and philosophy of the postmodern period. Both worked to reveal instabilities and uncertainty, and to destabilise assumptions and self-evident traditions for the purposes of reflection, creativity and innovative thinking. This significant volume explores the key concepts central to the work of Derrida and Lyotard in relation to educational leadership, and reveals how these ideas challenge existing structures, hierarchies and models of thought.

Derrida’s notions of difference and deconstruction, and Lyotard’s concepts of language games, performativity and the differend, are specifically used to inform provocative and insightful critiques of the positivist assumptions and knowledge construction in the field of educational leadership. The book provides concrete examples of the application of theories to policy, literature and empirical data, and identifies ideas which continue to impact contemporary practices of educational leadership and management.

Included in the book:

- why bring Derrida and Lyotard to ELMA?

- a Lyotardian politics of the standards movement in educational leadership

- managing performance

- witnessing deconstructions of the leader-follower binary in ELMA

- limitations and critiques of Derrida and Lyotard.

This important volume in the series will be of value to all those working and researching in the field of Educational Leadership, Management and Administration.

Table of Contents

1: Introducing Derrida and Lyotard 2: Why Bring Derrida and Lyotard to ELMA? 3: A Lyotardian Politics of the Standards Movement in Educational Leadership 4: Managing Performance: The Implementation of the English Health Schools Programme Pat Thomson and Vanessa Hayward 5: Witnessing Deconstructions of the Leader-follower Binary in ELMA 6: Limitations and Critiques of Derrida and Lyotard 7: Further Reading and Resources

About the Author

Richard Niesche is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

About the Series

Critical Studies in Educational Leadership, Management and Administration

This series brings major theorists from the social and political sciences to critical studies of educational leadership, management and administration. The books provide accessible introductions to key theories combined with explanations of what they offer that will deepen, enliven and enrich studies of schools, further and higher education and adult and community education settings.

Topics covered are those which affect the everyday practices of leaders - social justice, media, markets, surveillance, values, communication, entrepreneurialism, risk management and accountability. The series provides theoretical and methodological resources for those who engaged in formal study of educational leadership, management and administration. It also offers alternative approaches to naming, framing and acting for those who are engaged in the practice of educational leadership, management or administration, or who are providing training and policy for practising educational leaders.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects