The Emperor's perfect map: leadership by numbers

Heffernan, Amanda (2016) The Emperor's perfect map: leadership by numbers. Australian Educational Researcher, 43 3: 377-391. doi:10.1007/s13384-016-0206-7


Author Heffernan, Amanda
Title The Emperor's perfect map: leadership by numbers
Journal name Australian Educational Researcher   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Publication date 2016-07
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13384-016-0206-7
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 377
End page 391
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper establishes that system-generated data profiles are influencing the work of principals in three Queensland state schools. Drawing upon Foucault’s notions of governance, as well as research emphasising performative cultures and the importance placed upon numbers and data in education, this paper uses the tale of the Emperor’s map as a metaphor to explore the way principals’ work is being influenced by specific sets of data compiled by the department. These data profiles are representative of external accountabilities and high stakes testing regimes, as seen in systems that have adopted neoliberal policies which attempt to quantify the work being undertaken in schools. The paper demonstrates that principals are being constructed in part by discourses from a system that emphasises these system-generated performance data as a driver for school improvement.
Keyword School principals
School improvement
Data
Performativity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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