ERIC Number: ED408699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Educational Leadership for the 21st Century: Integrating Three Emerging Perspective.
Marsh, David D.
Dramatic changes in the work environment of education have resulted in role ambiguity and role overload for school principals. This paper explores the role of the principal of self-managing schools, especially as the role relates to educational leadership over the next decade. Several themes in the educational reforms likely to emerge and grow across national settings over the next 10 years are explored. The next section presents three interconnected perspectives on educational leadership (the cultural/school-transformation perspective, the strategic/results-driven perspective, and the linking-management-support-to-educational-improvement perspective), and discusses how these must be fit together if leadership in self-managing schools is to survive the decade. Finally, the paper presents practical applications and principal competencies that follow from the integrated view of the new educational leadership at the school level. The last section offers speculations about what will have been important educational leadership strategies as viewed 10 years from now. In the next decade, principals will need to lead from the middle, reframe the right problems, focus on the best results and sustain the focus, develop strategic thinking and planning that matters, restructure and reculture in a powerful synergy, link management support to work structures and organizational redesign, powerfully expand teaching and learning that is linked to the new results, and create professional capacity and learning communities that are driven by results. One figure is included. (Contains 32 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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).