1st Edition

Resistance in Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration

Edited By Amanda McKay, Pat Thomson, Jill Blackmore Copyright 2024
    228 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume brings together a range of perspectives on Educational Leadership, Management and Administration (ELMA) and various theories of resistance or compliance along with how policy and politics play out in school communities.

    The book makes a significant contribution to debates around theorising educational leadership and the implications of discourses on schooling and the politics of education. It brings together a broad array of international scholars to examine theories of resistance in ELMA and establish a resistance-oriented agenda for critical ELMA research that promotes change and diverse ideas about leadership. Using both empirical data and conceptual analysis, the chapters provide opportunities for theorising the work and working conditions of educational leaders alongside questions of compliance and resistance that further improve the understanding of these concepts in the field.

    Providing cutting-edge research and theorisation into this emerging area, the book will be highly relevant for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of educational leadership, management and administration, and educational policy. It will also be of interest to school leaders.

    1. Introduction: Resistance and educational leadership Pat Thomson, Amanda McKay, and Jill Blackmore

    2. Leaders resisting? The very idea Pat Thomson, Amanda McKay, and Jill Blackmore

    3. Theorising principals’ resistance and compliance as part of school autonomy reforms in Australian public education Richard Niesche, Amanda Keddie, Katrina MacDonald, Scott Eacott, Brad Gobby, Jane Wilkinson, and Jill Blackmore

    4. An analysis of resistance in parvenu educational leaders’ biographies: Thinking with Arendt about identities, academies, and public schooling. Belinda C. Hughes and Steven J. Courtney

    5. Educational leadership in trying times: Primary principals’ resistance in New Zealand Martin Thrupp

    6. Resisting English education policy: Making sense or ‘absolute nonsense’ Kay Fuller and Ruth McGinity

    7. Resisting evidence-based policy hegemonies in a post-truth climate Stephanie Wescott

    8. Resistance and the permanent instability of educational neo-liberalism: ‘Up, down, turn around, please don’t let me hit the ground’ David Hall

    9. Turning power/resistance upside-down to critically affirming digital educational leadership Danilo Taglietti

    10. The paradox of tactics in the teaching of literacy: Resistance and leadership by Aboriginal teachers Melissa Kirby, Hilary Yerbury, and Katherine Bates

    11. We are visible: Student voices amplifying counternarratives to impact policy Shaun Kelley Walsh

    12. Multiple ‘counter-publics’ in public education: Educational and community leadership resisting neoliberal reform Jill Blackmore

    13. Managing tension: Agonism and alliance in an ethos of democratic principal engagement Chris Dolan and Peter Mader

    14. Education trade unions and union renewal: Re-imagining resistance Howard Stevenson

    15. Conclusion Amanda McKay, Jill Blackmore, and Pat Thomson


    Amanda McKay (previously Heffernan) is a Senior Lecturer in Education, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK.

    Pat Thomson is a Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK.

    Jill Blackmore is an Alfred Deakin Professor in Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia, as well as president of the Australian Association of University Professors.