Leading toward a growth mindset in an educational climate of accountability

Churchward, Peter G (2016) Leading toward a growth mindset in an educational climate of accountability. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study explores the significant moments for a school leader when leading a school reform towards a growth mindset. The challenges of balancing the public narrative of educational performance and the leader’s ontological narrative are explored in a qualitative narrative inquiry. A Queensland school leader’s reflective journal was analysed through the theoretical lens of reflexivity. The findings identify several conflicting emotions experienced by the change leader. The thesis argues that Leadership for Learning principles can be enhanced through reflexivity. This study has relevance for understanding how reflexive approaches to change leadership may support school leaders in their complex roles.

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ID Code: 95487
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Willis, Jill & Burnett, Bruce
Keywords: accountability, change, education, emotion, growth mindset, leadership, Leadership for Learning, principal, reflexivity
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 24 May 2016 23:16
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 23:16

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