[We’re pleased to welcome authors Valerie Stead of Lancaster University and Carole Elliott of the University of Roehampton. They recently published an article in Management Learning entitled “Pedagogies of power: Media artefacts as public pedagogy for women’s leadership development,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, they briefly describe this research and its significance to the present:]
This research is set within the context of an increased media spotlight on workplace gender equity and the enduring challenge of women’s progression into senior roles. The media holds a powerful global presence and is influential in shaping our values and beliefs about who can, and should be, a leader. In this article we use the example of media Power Lists to draw attention to the educational force of media artefacts. We argue that adopting the conceptual lens of public pedagogy to media artefacts grants leadership developers awareness of the pervasiveness of gendered social and cultural norms; they influence the organisation of the workplace and shapes attitudes towards women in leadership roles. The article is innovative in its theorisation of the pedagogic significance of media artefacts through the public pedagogy lens. This theorisation creates two significant forms of impact for the field. First, it demonstrates how media artefacts such as Power Lists have ‘pedagogical force’. That is, they shape our learning informally so we can use them to interrogate embedded gendered assumptions and asymmetries in power relationships. Second, the article illustrates how the informality of public pedagogies can be mobilised as pedagogical resources in formal learning settings. We do so by developing and applying an analytical framework that can be used on leadership development programmes. Our article is situated within the context of women’s leadership development. However, the analytical framework can be adapted to interrogate other structural inequalities, such as racialised misrepresentations of leadership.
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