Principals of Higher Education Institutions in Barbados

Principals of Higher Education Institutions in Barbados

A Life History Methodology

Jean Butcher-Lashley


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This book uses the life stories of principals of higher education institutions in Barbados to assert that since lives are socially constructed and our biographies or stories can influence our professional life, it is important to not only listen to the personal stories or narratives of those whose professional lives and actions have public social consequences but more importantly through a life history methodology, also to contextualize those stories. In so doing there is better understanding of what motives or values persons bring to their professional practice, particularly too, if those missions and values emanate from a colonial hegemony still in existence within a postcolonial society. Persons could be causing harm or doing what is beneficial. They need to know what they are perpetuating and why. This book is primarily for those with interests in domination, power, capitalism, colonialism and neocolonialism; those planning professional development courses for teachers, principals and administrators in the field of education and other areas of professional practice; life history researchers; auto-ethnographers; postgraduate students and qualitative researchers in higher education, specifically and education, generally.


Jean Butcher-Lashley:

Jean Butcher-Lashley, head of the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Unit at Barbados Community College, holds a doctorate in Education (University of Sheffield); a master’s degree with Merit (University of Surrey); a professional teachers’ diploma and a bachelor of arts degree with Honors (University of the West Indies). Dr. Butcher-Lashley is the co-author of a book chapter in Affirming Methodologies (2022).