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Politics, Pedagogy and Power

Bullying in Faculties of Education


Eelco B. Buitenhuis

Politics, Pedagogy and Power: Bullying in Faculties of Education is the result of research seeking to find explanations for bullying between faculty members in faculties of education around the world. The frank and devastating revelations of professors are shocking and painful, screaming for interrogation. Bullying in faculties of education is a strange phenomenon because anti-bullying programs abound while the behavior occurs at a significant number of faculties of education. The research finds that factors in leadership and neoliberal politics cause this odd phenomenon. Other causes were found in the problematic position of education in the academic world. The underdog position academics in education find themselves in works both ways: notions of being of less importance than any other science are mirrored in feelings people working in education have about themselves. In this research a bricolage is executed, the methodology that intelligently joins research methods driven by the growing understanding of the problem of bullying between professors in education. This makes Politics, Pedagogy and Power a useful guide in methodology classes. This book is a perfect textbook for leadership programs in higher education, because it deals with good and bad leadership and issues of power.
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Chapter 2 Educational Leadership—Safe Space—Dichotomy


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The Chair seemed to really disregard everything that I had done, even though I was contributing and producing. Also trying to single me out to identify me saying that I wasn’t doing committee work, I was always away travelling.


Leadership research enables us to view the problems and the possibilities educational leadership can bring. I want to take a look at leadership in faculties of education, leading from general theory on leadership to transformative leadership in faculties of education. As a faculty member, I have seen both great leadership and poor, obliging me to take a position of critique.

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