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Socially just principals in unjust times: Social justice leadership in disadvantaged Victorian primary schools

posted on 28.05.2019, 07:37 by KATRINA CLAIRE MACDONALD
This qualitative study investigates the social justice leadership practices of three primary principals working in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Victoria, Australia. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice I explore how the principals’ understandings of social justice are shaped by the intersection of their life and work histories. I examine how their understandings are structured by and structuring of a public education system heavily influenced by neoliberal ideologies. I investigate the disjunctions between the understandings of social justice expressed by these educational leaders and their leadership practices, and implications of this leadership scholarship, policy and practice.


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Principal supervisor

Jane Wilkinson

Additional supervisor 1

Corine Rivalland

Additional supervisor 2

Venesser Fernandes

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Education

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