The 'punk rock principal': a metaphor for rethinking educational leadership

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This paper advances an alternative leadership metaphor of ‘punk rock leadership’. I work through the usefulness of a metaphor of punk rock leadership as a way of exploring one principal's vision of leadership and his efforts to work outside of system expectations in his quest to achieve the school's goals. In doing so, I contribute to our wider understanding of the methodological process, affordances, and challenges of using metaphors to theorise empirical data. Empirically, this paper contributes to critical research into principals’ practices in times of change, and to notions of power and leadership discourses in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Educational Administration and History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • metaphor
  • leadership
  • methodology
  • case study
  • punk rock

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