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Reshaping Educational Leadership and Management in Italy

In: Enacting and Conceptualizing Educational Leadership within the Mediterranean Region
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Paolo Landri
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Abstract

In this chapter, we will focus on the digital turn in educational leadership in Italy. After a long-lasting period when educational reforms were oriented to introduce methodologies, tools and practices from the New Public Management (Grimaldi, Landri, & Serpieri, 2016), there has been recently a decisive turn towards the introduction of ‘The Digital’ as the new molar agency (Deleuze, 1988) around which educational practices are organized. Educational leadership does not get out of this tendency and has again become a privileged object of government reforms. By drawing on ANT and Foucauldian perspectives, our work envisages tracing how the New Public Management and the digital turn are reshaping practices of educational leadership and management. The chapter is based on an extensive set of empirical researches on education reform (Grimaldi & Barzanò, 2014; Grimaldi, Landri, & Serpieri, 2016; Grimaldi & Serpieri, 2013; Serpieri, 2013) and recent investigations on the introduction and the impact of the digital governance of education in Italy.

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Chapter 4 The New Public Governance
Chapter 5 School Leadership within a Centralized Education System
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Chapter 7 Digitally Equipped
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