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ERIC Number: ED453181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-2
Pages: 20
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What Makes Educational Leadership "Educational"?
Wraga, William G.
The processes of educational leadership are educative when they both educate constituents and are informed by feedback from constituents; when they are conducted as an ongoing exercise of participatory problem solving. In short, educational leadership is educational when both its ends and its means are educative. John Dewey provided a theoretical rationale for this condition of educational leadership, and recent research provides evidence to suggest that when school leaders employ participative forms of decision making, schools are more likely to achieve their educational purposes. Recently, the educational leadership field has begun to give increasing credence to the central importance of educational dimensions of the school administrator's work. For example, during the last two decades, commitment to a managerial focus on the administration of school has begun to yield to a new conception of educational leadership, which abandons top-down decision making in favor of collaborative approaches to problem solving which recognize the central importance of curriculum and instruction in the life of the school. The paper recommends that educational leadership preparation programs revise their curricula and redirect resources to equip prospective leaders with the capacities to lead in this manner. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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