Why Use Social, Critical and Political Theories in Educational Leadership?

  • Richard Niesche
  • Christina Gowlett
Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)


This chapter provides the rationale for the book and why it is important to consider a range of theoretical approaches to the study of educational leadership. The book sets out to build on previous critical traditions but also draws on a different set of theoretical resources to generate new and different ways of understanding educational leadership and, more importantly, the context in which such a phenomenon is analysed. The chapter sets out to address the need for an understanding of context in education in different ways from how it has traditionally been used or promoted as simply important but lacking any critical analysis of what this means or entails. In doing so, the chapter argues the need for theoretical work in educational leadership. Further discussions in relation to post-structuralism are explored as well as the use of voice and positionality in writing a co-authored text. The final section then provides an overview of the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Niesche
    • 1
  • Christina Gowlett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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