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ERIC Number: ED421772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Informed Courage in Local Leadership: Essential in Overcoming Barriers to Change in Education.
VanSciver, James H.
Without fear, there is no courage, only ignorance of a situation's dynamics. Acknowledging a decision's liabilities promotes fear and forces the educational leader to exercise courage in formulating and carrying out a response to that situation. Courage alone is not enough, however, and could lead to professional suicide. Wisdom to marshal that courage within a certain context and knowledge of strategic decision making and timing are critical elements. Local education leaders may significantly enhance their ability to move their districts through a change process via a more thorough understanding of paradigms. Inability to recognize, appreciate, and adopt new paradigms early on places leaders in a reactionary position. What leaders actually perceive is determined by their particular paradigms. There is considerable risk for leaders infected with paradigm paralysis or trapped in a district immobilized by paradigm effect. Educators must become paradigm shifters or pioneers or support individuals filling these roles: freshly trained young people, older individuals shifting fields, mavericks, or tinkerers. Intuition, courage, and persistence are essential. Making the change process benefit students requires four basic components: getting administrative approval, obtaining broad community support, providing staff training, and institutionalizing the change. (Contains 21 notes.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A