Unlocking black box models of leadership effectiveness: Exploring alternative research and policy metaphors

Ehrich, Lisa C. & English, Fenwick (2011) Unlocking black box models of leadership effectiveness: Exploring alternative research and policy metaphors. In UCEA Annual Convention 2011, 17-20 November, Pittsburgh, USA.


There is an intimate interconnectivity between policy guidelines defining reform and the delineation of what research methods would be subsequently applied to determine reform success. Research is guided as much by the metaphors describing it as by the ensuing empirical definition of actions of results obtained from it. In a call for different reform policy metaphors Lumby and English (2010) note, “The primary responsibility for the parlous state of education... lies with the policy makers that have racked our schools with reductive and dehumanizing processes, following the metaphors of market efficiency, and leadership models based on accounting and the characteristics of machine bureaucracy” (p. 127)

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ID Code: 48346
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: metaphor, dance, leadership, tensions
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the authour(s).
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2012 05:13
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2016 04:20

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