ERIC Number: ED350650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Educational Leadership: A Critical Pragmatic Perspective. Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.
Maxcy, Spencer J.
An original reformulation of the meaning, potential, and practice of educational leadership, informed by notions of self and social empowerment, is provided. This book relies on a variety of theories derived from philosophic schools such as hermeneutics, critical theory, deconstructionism, and pragmatism. Arguments are presented in the following 10 chapters: (1) "Introduction: The Quest for Leadership"; (2) "Research on Leadership in Education"; (3) "Administrative Leadership, Democracy, and the Qualities of Philosophic Mind"; (4) "Educational Leadership and Policy"; (5) "Leadership and the Education of Young Children"; (6) "Moral Imagination and School Leadership"; (7) "Postmodernity and the Preparation of Educational Leaders for the Future"; (8) "Empowerment and Educational Leadership"; (9) "The Artist-Leader and the Problem of Design"; and (10) "Conclusions." The possibilities of leadership are expanded by addressing its relationship to authority and ethics, politics and power, and ideology and culture. The arguments set forth in this book build to the conclusion that what is needed in contemporary debates about school reform is the critically imaginative vision that sees leadership as a community effort to redesign schools for the maximization of the interests of the community. An index is appended. (Contains 305 references.) (MLF)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Moral Values, Politics of Education, Public Schools, Social Problems, Social Theories, Teacher Education, Value Judgment
Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-9990 (ISBN-0-89789-259-3, paperback: $16.95; ISBN-89789-258-5, hardback).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Authority; Empowerment; Pragmatism
Note: Series edited by Henry A. Giroux and Paulo Freire.