The Gender and Educational Leadership RIG is open to all those who have an interest in gender and leadership in its broadest sense, including educational leaders, researchers and research students.
The aim is to build a forum and network capable of generating and facilitating exchange and partnership on a continuing basis across the full range of research interests, professional contexts and contemporary issues related to gender and leadership.
Initial interest has been established in working on gendered leadership that draws on multiple gender and leadership theories.
The group might appeal to colleagues researching the gendered work of senior leadership teams, a recommendation made in the NASUWT report (2008, 2010). Following Charol Shakeshaft and Marianne Coleman amongst others, some colleagues might be interested in exploring the leadership of women. Others might want to explore the multiplicity of masculinities amongst school leaders as men. A link between the gendered performance of leaders, teachers and adults working in schools might be made with the exploration of gender stereotypes in the classroom. Links might also be made with a feminist/(pro)feminist approach to Leadership for Social Justice and Critical Leadership Scholarship.
Following an initial meeting between the co-convenors, the RIG was launched at the Institute of Education in London on 23 April 2013. Dr Marianne Coleman gave the keynote and helped the group to identify some key themes for research and discussion such as intersectionality, younger leaders and non-Western environments as priorities for the future.
At a seminar at the University of Birmingham in March 2014, the group took intersectionality as its theme. Professor Jackie Lumby gave the keynote followed by papers focused on the intersection of gender and race and/or a range of characteristics:
At a seminar, hosted at the City of London Academy in Islington held in June 2015, Dr Kay Fuller, Dr Becky Allen and Dr Karen Edge presented short papers. The event was interactive with delegates identifying issues as they saw them around gender and school leadership.
The first ‘Gender, Leadership and Education’ Conference took place at the University of Leicester in October 2015.
The conference was well attended with papers reflecting work from Pakistan, Cyprus, England, Kenya and Korea. Research into gender and leadership was disseminated relating to the contexts of Early Years to Higher Education.
On June 20th 2016, the group organised a Festschrift to celebrate Marianne Coleman’s research career.
We are keen to hear from members of BELMAS who are interested in gender and leadership.
Dr Kay Fuller – University of Nottingham
Dr Pontso Moorosi – University of Warwick
Dr Saeeda Shah – University of Leicester
Dr Victoria Showunmi – University College London
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