Boundary Crossing in School Governing Bodies: Perspectives from the Business Community

Dobson, T., Rose, A., Parton, Graham ORCID: 0000-0002-5192-0849 and Hart, M. (2018) Boundary Crossing in School Governing Bodies: Perspectives from the Business Community. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 48 (3). pp. 532-548. doi:10.1177/1741143218814005

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Policy changes to school governance have led to Governing Bodies (GBs) increasingly appointing skilled professionals from the business community. Research into these GBs views governors from business as a threat to lay governors and the stakeholder model (Young, 2017). Whilst there has been exploration of the contributions of business governors, the ways in which business volunteers develop into their new roles as business governors have not been captured. This paper is drawn from an evaluation of Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) school governance programme where 18 LBG employees were interviewed throughout the first year in their governor roles. Adapting Young’s (2017) categorisation of knowledge as ‘managerial’, ‘educational’ and ‘lay’, this paper articulates how LBG governors acquired ‘educational’ and ‘lay’ knowledge to transform their practices and how this was underpinned by ‘authenticity’ associated with the stakeholder model (Connolly, 2017). The paper presents perspectives from other GB stakeholders which suggest that the transformation of the LBG governors’ practice impacted upon GBs, with them crossing boundaries between landscapes of practice (Wenger-Trayner and Wenger-Trayner, 2014). The implications are that, within the context of performativity, the wider business sector has a role to play in school governance and understanding governor professional development is key to this.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: School Governance; Skilled Governors; Business Sector; Professional Development; Boundary Crossing
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 13:48
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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