Letting go while holding on Women principals’ lived experiences with power

Letting go while holding on Women principals’ lived experiences with power Power relations affect all aspects of our lives. MacGregor Burns states that "Power is ubiquitous; it permeates human relationships … Power shows many faces and takes many forms". The purpose of this paper was to explore women principals' experiences with power relations in the schools during times of increase in decentralization and accountability. The findings of this phenomenological study were that the six principals viewed power as an enabling, and a positive energy for change and growth in schools rather than a source of "top-down" domination. Their descriptions of power also asserted that "power is not reducible to any one source", and that an understanding of poststructuralist and structuralist theories of power will be essential for school leaders facing the dilemmas and challenges of the twenty-first century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Educational Administration Emerald Publishing

Letting go while holding on Women principals’ lived experiences with power

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0957-8234
DOI
10.1108/09578230210421088
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Abstract

Power relations affect all aspects of our lives. MacGregor Burns states that "Power is ubiquitous; it permeates human relationships … Power shows many faces and takes many forms". The purpose of this paper was to explore women principals' experiences with power relations in the schools during times of increase in decentralization and accountability. The findings of this phenomenological study were that the six principals viewed power as an enabling, and a positive energy for change and growth in schools rather than a source of "top-down" domination. Their descriptions of power also asserted that "power is not reducible to any one source", and that an understanding of poststructuralist and structuralist theories of power will be essential for school leaders facing the dilemmas and challenges of the twenty-first century.

Journal

Journal of Educational AdministrationEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2002

Keywords: Leadership; Phenomenology

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