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The discourse on academic leadership amongst novice department heads in higher education
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2003 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to illuminate the discourse on academic leadership, through department heads' talk concerning leadership aspects in the context of Swedish Higher Education. The study took part at a Swedish University during the years 1995 to 1999. 15 department heads were interviewed at seven occasions, whilst going from novice, to more experienced leaders. The first and last interview-rounds are here analysed and contrasted. The frame of reference is based on a non-dualistic theoretical framework, which understand reality as discursive and the view on leadership in Higher Education as socially constructed through talk and other actions within a specific discourse. The results from 1995, show the existence of conflicts in the discourse on academic leadership, by the differences of what is attached significance at the five inductive-empirically constructed subject positions in the discourse. The discourse at this time also appears to be very heterogeneous and gender neutral. At 1999 the discourse shows some interesting changes. The discourse seems more homogeneous because of a stronger and more extensive discourse episteme. The structure of discourse now also is gender separated and the female-coded subject positions expresses talk about gender in relation to academic leadership aspects.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12767OAI: diva2:152438
European Conference on Educational Research, University of Hamburg, 17-20 September 2003
Available from: 2007-04-17 Created: 2007-04-17 Last updated: 2010-03-04Bibliographically approved

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