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Political Philosophy, Educational Administration and Educative Leadership

1st Edition

By Reynold Macpherson


238 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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In this book Reynold Macpherson initiates a politically-critical theory of educative leadership as a fresh line of inquiry in the practice, research and theory of educational administration and educational leadership.

Divided into four parts, the book introduces the sub-discipline of political philosophy to the field of educational administration, management and leadership. It does this by clarifying the knowledge domain of each and identifying how four political ideologies, specifically pragmatism, communitarianism, communicative rationalism and egalitarian liberalism, have primarily informed and surreptitiously provided contestable justifications for power in the development of practice, research and theory in the field of study.

The book goes on to offer three case studies illustrating how political philosophy can be used to interpret how people become leaders and administrators of educational institutions and systems. Additional case studies then demonstrate how crises in governance in educational institutions and systems can be analyzed and improvements made using the tools of political philosophy. The final part uses the sub-discipline to critique the author’s decades of research into educative leadership, and concludes the book by both establishing the relativity of politically-critical critique and the ideology it favours; neo-pragmatism.

Political Philosophy, Educational Administration and Educative Leadership will provide practitioners, researchers and theorists in educational administration, management and leadership with a deeper appreciation of power by formally introducing them to the assumptions, limits and tools of political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introducing Political Philosophy to Educational Administration Political Philosophy. Educational Administration. Intimations of Communitarianism. Intimations of Communicative Rationalism and Egalitarian Liberalism Part II: Case Studies of Becoming an Educational Leader Becoming a Primary School Principal in New Zealand. Becoming a School Director in Timor Leste. Becoming a Director-General of Education and Training in NSW Part III: Case Studies of Political Crises in Educational Institutions and Systems A Crisis in Institutional Governance in Hong Kong. A Crisis in the Governance of a Middle Eastern University. A Crisis of Governance in New Zealand’s State School System Part IV: Questioning and Suggesting Theory A Politically-Critical Review of Educative Leadership. The Relativity of Politically-Critical Analysis and Leadership.

About the Author

Reynold Macpherson is a consultant evaluator and capacity builder in educational administration, management and leadership, based in New Zealand.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Educational Leadership

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General