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

Amanda Heffernan

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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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