School reform and the emotional demands of principals: Lorna's story

Mills, Martin and Niesche, Richard (2013) School reform and the emotional demands of principals: Lorna's story. School Leadership and Management, 34 2: 120-135. doi:10.1080/13632434.2013.856295

Author Mills, Martin
Niesche, Richard
Title School reform and the emotional demands of principals: Lorna's story
Journal name School Leadership and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-2434
Publication date 2013-12-16
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13632434.2013.856295
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 120
End page 135
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The issue of emotions in school leadership is one that has received increasing attention in recent years. In this paper we present a case study of the emotional demands upon one principal as she undertakes a programme of school reform. This case study works against the common discourse of ‘emotional maturity’ inherent in an individual that is prevalent in leadership standards and literatures and shows how this principal’s emotional work is constructed within the political frameworks of schools. This principal was both normalised into traditional ways of being a school principal and also sought to resist such normalisations. This paper provides an important contribution to understanding the ways that women leaders are negotiating the emotional terrain of enacting change and reform in their schools.
Keyword Leadership
Educational change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 16 December 2013

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