Developing and using intellectual histories in research in education

Tuesday 4 April
Room 204, St Alphege Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​This lecture focuses on developing intellectual histories within, about and for research in education. I examine the meaning and issues regarding the construction and development of intellectual histories based on data and conceptual work from a range of independently funded projects. I then go on to present an example of the intellectual histories I have been working on, with a specific focus on school leadership. I will present a framework for intellectual histories and then I deploy it in order to bring meanings and explanations to what is happening regarding UK government education policy in England. I then consider the implications of this analysis for knowledge production, where I raise questions for researchers regarding the relationship between intellectual resources, intellectual work and public policy processes.

Professor Helen Gunter
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; and An Intellectual History of School Leadership Practice and Research in 2015 by Bloomsbury Press.

​This is organised by Centre for History​ of Women's Education. For more information about the Centre, click here

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