The language of dissent – how school leaders adjust to policy change

Kurowski, Andre A. (2020) The language of dissent – how school leaders adjust to policy change. Educational Role of Language Journal, 2020-1 (3). pp. 43-61. ISSN 2657-9774

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Abstract

Education has changed recently in the England and leadership of schools has changed with it. This paper
examines the language of dissent, the political opposition of school leaders who meet the challenges of
the educational system resulting from the government policies. They question whether these policies
really serve the pupils and the community effectively. It is based on a wider piece of research involving
interviews with head teachers and senior managers in a range of schools; it illustrates their frustrations
at delivering a prescriptive curriculum. The research takes a grounded theory approach; throughout the
interview process, themes emerged and were developed through layers of analysis. This led to the
construction of a framework based on the ideas of power, ethics, resistance, and mistrust. This explains
the views of school leader in conceptual terms, and it was found that they use of any form of control at
their disposal, bring their own values to education, subvert where they see necessary, and at best
tolerate policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse, new public management, grounded theory, resistance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators
Divisions: Departments > Education
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Depositing User: Andre Kurowski
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 12:35
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 12:35
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5368

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