Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration through Actor-Network Theory presents how actor-network theory (ANT) and the related vocabularies have much to offer to a critical re-imagination of the dynamics of management in education and educational leadership. It extends the growing contemporary perspective of ANT into the study of educational administration and management.
This book draws on case studies focusing on new configurations of educational management and leadership. It presents new developments of ANT ("After ANT" and "Near ANT") and clarifies how these "sensibilities" can contribute to thinking critically and intervening in the current dynamics of education. The book proposes that ANT can offer an ecological understanding of educational leadership which is helpful in abandoning the narrow humanistic world of managerialism, considering a post-anthropocentric scenario where it is necessary to compose together new "liveable" assemblages of humans and nonhumans.
This book will be of great interest to academics, scholars and post-graduate students in the fields of educational management, leadership and administration, as well as education policy. It will also be highly relevant to policy makers and experts of education policy at the national, European and international levels.
Table of Contents
1.Introducing Actor-Network Theory
2.A Way-out from the Modernistic Constitution of Education Management Administration and Leadership
3.Symmetry: The Entanglement of Humans and Non-Humans
4.Translating Schools in the Calculative Worlds of Education (with Radhika Gorur)
5. Stabilizing Networks and the Co-existence of Political Ontologies
6. Near Actor-Network Theory: Limits, Critiques, and New Directions of Research
7. Annotated bibliography
Paolo Landri is a Senior Researcher of the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies at National Research Council in Italy (CNR-IRPPS). His main research interests concern educational organisations, professional learning and educational policies.