Leading for quality: questions about quality and leadership in Australia

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Title Leading for quality: questions about quality and leadership in Australia
Author Thomas, Sue Allan
Journal Name Journal of Education Policy
Editor Stephen J. Ball
Year Published 2008
Place of publication London
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract This article is situated in the context of recent policies for teacher quality in Australia. Discourses on quality have crossed many domains of public policy, including education. A feature of these discourses has been an emphasis on improving teacher quality and raising professional standards. The article uses critical discourse analysis to explore the implications of quality discourses for educational leadership. In so doing, it analyses how recent educational policies construct discourses on quality and professional standards, discourses which position educational leaders in particular - often contradictory - ways. Such positionings offer different ways of understanding leaders and how best they might lead for quality. The article concludes by raising questions about quality and leadership, questions that highlight the need to rethink educational leadership within a quality policy framework.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930801923807
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 23
Issue Number 3
Page from 323
Page to 334
ISSN 0268-0939
Date Accessioned 2008-05-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Educational Policy, Administration and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26201
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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