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Educational Administration and Leadership Identity Formation
International Theories, Problems and Challenges

ISBN 9780367272906
Published August 10, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Educational Administration and Leadership Identity Formation explores approaches and issues that arise in leadership identity formation in a variety of educational contexts. Bringing together a range of national and international contributions, this volume provides a global perspective on this multi-dimensional topic.

This book examines the theoretical foundations relevant to identity and identity formation, and their implications for researching and teaching in educational administration and leadership. It includes a range of sociological, psychological, political, cultural, and socio--linguistic approaches to examining leadership identity formation. It also addresses models, practices and experiences that vary according to identity politics, cultural difference, and historical and contemporary privilege in leadership identity formation.

Working from theoretical and practice-base perspectives, this book will be of great interest for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and academics, as well as students in teacher education programs and graduate courses in educational administration and leadership, organisational studies, and educational ethics for broad international use.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Notes on contributors


Editors’ critical introduction: a taxonomy of leadership identity studies for education

Eugenie a. samier and Peter milley


Foundational theories and models

1 Postcolonial and indigenous critiques of (neo--)colonial hegemony in identity formation: theoretical implications for educational administration and leadership

eugenie A. Samier and peter milley

2 Authenticity and leadership identity formation: the rhetoric of transformational leadership metaphors in UK post--compulsory education

jill jameson

3 A feminist poststructuralist analysis of discourses invoked in the construction of women’s leadership identities in higher education

karen jones

4 Language, identity, and education: a sociolinguistic perspective

yasmin yildiz


Teaching and research issues

5 The indigenous achievement agenda and identity politics in university administration: navigating faculty recruitment in an era of institutional change

frank deer

6 An intersectional model for student identity possibilities: strategic approaches from within university educational leadership

read diket

7 Leadership identity formation and expression through a university mentoring relationship: a reflective dialogue

Duncan waite and sascha betts


Contemporary issues and cases internationally

8 Cultural identity and fear: the case of ultra--orthodox Jewish teachers in primary education

izhar oplatka and chajim erlanger

9 Constructing modern women’s leadership identities in the Arabian Gulf: synthesising roles from culture, tradition and modernisation

eugenie a. samier and amal al-qallaf

10 Digitalising Italian school leadership: the national plan for digital schools

Danilo Taglietti

11 Physicians and academic leadership: key considerations from a social identity perspective

lulu alwazzan

12 Young Emirati women’s leadership identity formation: challenges in constructing leadership identity without losing national and cultural identity

shamma al naqbi and eugenie a. samier




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Eugenie A. Samier is a Reader in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Peter Milley is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Senior Associate of the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa, Canada.