Exploring Intersectionality as a Means to Precipitating Change

A Collaborative Self-Study of Institutional Transformation
Living reference work entry
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


Two educational leaders utilize self-study to understand the role that their collective and individual histories played in the transformation of a School of Education. In this chapter, we tell the story of the transformation of the SOE by presenting both voices. As we began looking for the underlying theory to help explain the complexity of our initial insights, we were intrigued by the amount of intersectionality in our situation. The intersectionality of our backgrounds could not be dismissed as we went through our daily administrative tasks. At the same time, the collective also has multiple identities that shaped the organization. Intersectionality works on multiple planes in higher education leadership. This study explores the personal transformation and growth of these two administrators on the vanguard of this school-wide change.


Teacher Education Self-Study Ethnography Intersectionality Leadership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationState University of New York College at Old WestburyOld WestburyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hafdís Guðjónsdóttir
    • 1
  • Lynn Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of IcelandStakkahlídIceland
  2. 2.Université de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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