Towards connoisseurship in educational leadership : following the data in a three stage line of inquiry

Ehrich, Lisa C. & English, Fenwick (2013) Towards connoisseurship in educational leadership : following the data in a three stage line of inquiry. In Eacott, Scott & Niesche, Richard (Eds.) Empirical Leadership Research : Letting the Data Speak for Themselves. Untested Ideas Research Center, New York, pp. 165-198.

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Following an epistemic frame advanced by Elliott Eisner (2002), it is argued that the tradition of the arts and perspectives from artists have the potential to yield refreshing and interesting insights for the field of educational leadership. Moreover, it is argued that Eisner’s work on tacit knowledge which he advanced as an example of connoisseurship has important implications and posits the possibility of developing a more discerning “eye” in describing the work of educational leaders. To assess these assertions, the paper reports on two stages of interviews with nine former and current artists from Australia in order to understand the processes in which they engaged when they create art and how they encountered and managed barriers. The implications of this preliminary investigation are explored in this paper as they related to how leadership is defined and the issues pertaining to claims that leadership studies must be “scientific” to have currency and credibility. The article begins by making an argument for the value of the arts to advanced a more nuanced view of leadership, considers the importance of connoisseurship as a frame for understanding it, and then explores the cognitive functions performed by the arts before turning to the study at hand.

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ID Code: 61768
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: art, educational leadership, connoisseurship, research
ISBN: 9781625200037
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 2013 Untested Ideas Research Center
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2013 22:28
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2013 05:53

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