Faculty of Education Research Seminar

12th Dec 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Designing and Writing Intellectual Histories in Educational Research – Professor Helen Gunter, University of Manchester 


In this paper I will present a method and an example of the construction of intellectual histories. I locate this within the field of school leadership where I draw on primary and secondary data from a range of projects. The talk will outline the approach taken to intellectual histories, and use the framework to present an approach within this particular field. This opens up opportunities for taking the framework to examine other fields within educational research. This is pertinent not only for understanding and locating within a field but also for designing research projects.

Helen Gunter is Professor of Educational Policy and Sarah Fielden Professor of Education in The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She co-edits the Journal of Educational Administration and History. Her work focuses on the politics of education policy and knowledge production in the field of school leadership. Her most recent books are: Leadership and the Reform of Education published in 2012 by Policy Press; Educational Leadership and Hannah Arendt published in 2014 by Routledge; An Intellectual History of School Leadership Practice and Research in 2016 by Bloomsbury Press, and Consultants and Consultancy: the Case of Education, coauthored with Colin Mills, 2016 by Springer.

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