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This book is about pedagogical leadership that draws upon an extensive literature base as well as empirical research by the author in order to examine forms of leadership and management that promote and instill education for learning and social justice. Its starting points are to restore and elevate social and ...
Leadership, Pedagogy and Social Justice: Restoring Learning to Leadership
This book is about pedagogical leadership that draws upon an extensive literature base as well as empirical research by the author in order to examine forms of leadership and management that promote and instill education for learning and social justice. Its starting points are to restore and elevate social and moral purpose in leadership as first-order constructs that have theoretical and practical implications for existing and potential leader educators. This is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Asking educators and researchers of education leadership to define what they consider to be the core moral values underpinning leadership in educational settings usually results in some fairly bland, if fundamentally important statements about putting learners at the heart of leadership praxis, especially that which occurs in educational settings. In practice, numerous organizational mission statements attest to this rhetorical conviction. Yet, it is current policy contexts that place relations between leaders, teachers, and learners in contradictory 'moral' positions. Drives to improve student performance through increased competition in the marketplace, intensified procedures for monitoring and evaluation, and frenetic commitments to 'change' as overarching leadership mantras have relegated Sergiovanni's (1998) definition of pedagogical leadership 'that invests in capacity building by developing social and academic capital for students and intellectual capital for teachers' (p.38) as second, even third order constructs. This book intends to reverse the process and in doing so, it will relegate to second order, and by lively debate and illustrative vignettes, many, though not all of the hegemonic constructs that are prevalent in current 'managerial' times. This book will therefore define and challenge a paradox; as governments express commitment to an educational settlement that minimises exclusion, widens participation, and promotes 'active' citizenship, the much heralded vanguards of that settlement - leaders and managers - are being enjoined to reduce their thinking and action to technicist 'manoeuvres' (Grace, 2000:236) in which aspirations towards social justice can become more distant, strangely exotic even in their expression. As importantly, such technical manoeuvring is not accompanied by a reduction in leadership and management tasks and responsibilities. As more is demanded of organizations and their leaders in terms of responsibilities for learning in areas of health, sexuality, drug awareness, physical exercise and nutrition, citizenship, work experience, race equality, and skills in familial and social caring, questions arise about the extent to which 'social justice' constitutes a wide umbrella under which such interests might 'shelter' or whether social justice is to be considered 'separately' with attendant dangers to be seen as add-on and therefore potentially marginalized or distinct from the total enterprise that constitutes education and learning.
45.56 USD
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This book is about the improvement of school leadership accountability. The demands for it have been mounting. The responses to it have been at best vague and often unacceptable. At stake may be the future of society that so heavily depends on how those who are today's school children would ...
Unpacking Educational Accountability
This book is about the improvement of school leadership accountability. The demands for it have been mounting. The responses to it have been at best vague and often unacceptable. At stake may be the future of society that so heavily depends on how those who are today's school children would act accountably in decades to come. Three working assumptions guide this book: school leaders are expected to use the powers bestowed upon them to respond to demands placed on them and also to be accountable for their actions; to respond best to the demands for accountability, school leaders need to identify specific challenges that they must face and meet; and, in addition to the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the general practice of school leadership, school leaders must master specialized competencies to pursue each specific challenge. Only in this way can they become fully accountable. This book is written for school leadership trainees, their professors, supervisors and coaches, assistant principals, principals in their initial years, experienced principals who wish to reflect on, rejuvenate as well as to mentor younger colleagues and school district professionals. It can also be of use to lay leaders who are concerned with the improvement of accountability for our school leaders.
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This book is about the improvement of school leadership accountability. The demands for it have been mounting. The responses to it have been at best vague and often unacceptable. At stake may be the future of society that so heavily depends on how those who are today's school children would ...
Unpacking Educational Accountability
This book is about the improvement of school leadership accountability. The demands for it have been mounting. The responses to it have been at best vague and often unacceptable. At stake may be the future of society that so heavily depends on how those who are today's school children would act accountably in decades to come. Three working assumptions guide this book: school leaders are expected to use the powers bestowed upon them to respond to demands placed on them and also to be accountable for their actions; to respond best to the demands for accountability, school leaders need to identify specific challenges that they must face and meet; and, in addition to the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the general practice of school leadership, school leaders must master specialized competencies to pursue each specific challenge. Only in this way can they become fully accountable. This book is written for school leadership trainees, their professors, supervisors and coaches, assistant principals, principals in their initial years, experienced principals who wish to reflect on, rejuvenate as well as to mentor younger colleagues and school district professionals. It can also be of use to lay leaders who are concerned with the improvement of accountability for our school leaders.
45.56 USD
Paperback / softback
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