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

By Angela M. Thody

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

Topics: X300 Academic studies in Education
Publisher: Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:4195
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