The more things change, the more they stay the same? Nineteenth-century education leadership in Tasmania

Thody, Angela M. (2011) The more things change, the more they stay the same? Nineteenth-century education leadership in Tasmania. International Studies in Educational Administration, 39 (2). pp. 17-32. ISSN 1324-1702

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Abstract

This historical exploration of educational leadership’s early years enables readers to compare their management practices and ideas today with those of a school principal of a nineteenth-century, one-teacher, all-age school still common in rural areas of our Commonwealth today. Written as the story of one day in a principal’s life, it follows pertinent themes for all school leaders: management definitions, management of time and curriculum, physical and financial resources, human resources, school reputation and quality assurance. The article also makes a methodological contribution as part of the growing genre of semi-fictionalisation. It creates the story from disparate sources, inventing the central character linking the main points; through this I hope readers can better identify with past experiences of school leadership. Locating the history in Tasmania offers reflections for post-colonialism today as the period covered by this article saw Tasmania self-consciously emerging from being an imperial outpost.

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Additional Information:This historical exploration of educational leadership’s early years enables readers to compare their management practices and ideas today with those of a school principal of a nineteenth-century, one-teacher, all-age school still common in rural areas of our Commonwealth today. Written as the story of one day in a principal’s life, it follows pertinent themes for all school leaders: management definitions, management of time and curriculum, physical and financial resources, human resources, school reputation and quality assurance. The article also makes a methodological contribution as part of the growing genre of semi-fictionalisation. It creates the story from disparate sources, inventing the central character linking the main points; through this I hope readers can better identify with past experiences of school leadership. Locating the history in Tasmania offers reflections for post-colonialism today as the period covered by this article saw Tasmania self-consciously emerging from being an imperial outpost.
Keywords:nineteenth-century education, elementary school history, school leadership history, Tasmania history
Subjects:X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > Centre for Educational Research & Development (CERD)
ID Code:4195
Deposited By: Angela Thody
Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 15:55
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:57

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