ERIC Number: ED404736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Critical Theory: Implications for School Leadership Theory and Practice.
The school leader's behaviors are inspired by theories, and theories are intrinsic to practice. This paper provides an overview of an emerging perspective in educational administration, critical theory. The paper first highlights the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx, and the Frankfurt School. It then discusses critical theory methodology; the use of critical theory for the individual, the group, and society; the reification of organizations; critical theory and educational administration; schools and societal ideology; ideology within schools; and critical theory in educational leadership. Leadership, from the critical perspective, moves beyond the management of things and people to a focus on vision and ideas with the ultimate goal of emancipation. Self-reflection leads to self-knowledge. The school organization is nonhierarchical and based on shared power. To truly reform schools, the ideologically based issues in society and within schools must be exposed. (Contains 48 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).