Women of Influence in Education

Practising Dilemmas and Contesting Spaces

  • Nita Cherry
  • Joy Higgs

Part of the Higher Education Horizons book series (HEHO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Conversation Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nita Cherry, Joy Higgs
      Pages 3-12
    3. Nita Cherry
      Pages 13-28
    4. Deborah Towns
      Pages 29-44
  3. Conversation Highlights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Joy Higgs
      Pages 47-60
    3. Nita Cherry
      Pages 61-72
    4. Joy Higgs
      Pages 73-90
    5. Nita Cherry
      Pages 91-104
    6. Nita Cherry
      Pages 105-116
    7. Deborah Towns
      Pages 131-142
  4. Costs and Survival Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Joy Higgs
      Pages 145-160
    3. Nita Cherry
      Pages 161-174
    4. Joy Higgs
      Pages 175-188

About this book


"The goal in writing this book was to stimulate more comprehensive conversations about women in leadership situations (particularly secondary and tertiary education contexts) by understanding how women have gone about creating positive differences in educational environments.
Frequently books about women and leadership deal with the politics of this discussion space and the statistics of women succeeding to and through the glass ceiling, or not! The focus of this book is on a different space: on learning from the experiences of women doing leadership work. 
The research strategy underpinning the book was to listen to the voices and stories of 28 women occupying senior roles in education. Half of these women were principals of independent Victorian secondary schools and the other half were in professorial and senior leadership roles in Victorian universities. Through this listening and pondering on their experiences the authors came to recognise that these women of influence were working in contested spaces and facing multiple practice dilemmas. Readers are invited to explore these spaces and dilemmas, considering the learnings from the women whose lives, views and experiences are represented here."


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nita Cherry
    • 1
  • Joy Higgs
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Business and LawSwinburne University of TechnologyAustralia
  2. 2.The Education For Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-815-0
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