Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Foucault and Educational Administration

  • Richard Niesche
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_286


The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate the usefulness of Michel Foucault’s work for the study of and research in educational administration. While Foucault’s work has been used extensively across many domains within education and to some extent in educational administration, his ideas can bring significant utility in identifying the operation of power, the formation of subjects, and problematizing ongoing claims to totality and best practice that routinely appear in the fields of educational administration and leadership. In meeting these aims, this entry is divided into two main sections: first, an examination of some Foucauldian ideas and concepts in the form of a “toolbox” that can be “put to work” in educational administration and, second, the implications for the problematization of knowledge construction in the area of educational administration. Specific concepts examined include discursive practices, disciplinary power, subjectivity, and ethics. The application...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia