Pursuing the administrative avant-garde: an aesthetic critique of change in educational systems

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This paper addresses theories of the avant-garde, especially but not exclusively in art and as part of a modernist aesthetic. The paper examines the ways in which avant-garde theory of the creative process can inform educational administration in the change process, as both a critique and an ideal. The argument adopted here is that if administration can be conceptualised as an art, then art's critical and creative traditions also speak to those aspects of professional practice that involve creative activity such as organisational design, leadership vision and strategic analysis. This is a possible way towards rethinking schools and educational systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • change
  • creative leadership
  • educational administration
  • organisational design
  • professional practice

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