Women of Influence in Education [electronic resource] : Practising Dilemmas and Contesting Spaces / edited by Nita Cherry, Joy Higgs
- Higher Education Horizons
- Series introduction: Higher Education Horizons -- Preface -- Section 1: The conversation space -- Starting the conversation: The scope of this book and research approach -- The voices of the women in universities -- Women principals: Voices in non-government schools -- Section 2: Conversation highlights -- Dimensions of leadership -- Creating frames -- All the hats I wear -- Taking up authority -- Leadership engagement in real time -- Inspiring girls through leadership and teaching -- Gender in leadership and workplaces -- Section 3: Costs and survival strategies -- Survival and resilience -- Leadership as emotional labour -- Pursuing practice wisdom in leadership.
- "The goal in writing this book was to stimulate more comprehensive conversations about women in leadership situations (particularly secondary and tertiary education contexts) by understanding how women have gone about creating positive differences in educational environments. Frequently books about women and leadership deal with the politics of this discussion space and the statistics of women succeeding to and through the glass ceiling, or not! The focus of this book is on a different space: on learning from the experiences of women doing leadership work. The research strategy underpinning the book was to listen to the voices and stories of 28 women occupying senior roles in education. Half of these women were principals of independent Victorian secondary schools and the other half were in professorial and senior leadership roles in Victorian universities. Through this listening and pondering on their experiences the authors came to recognise that these women of influence were working in contested spaces and facing multiple practice dilemmas. Readers are invited to explore these spaces and dilemmas, considering the learnings from the women whose lives, views and experiences are represented here.".
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