ERIC Number: ED464380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Re-Culturing the Profession of Educational Leadership: New Blueprints.
As the field of school administration gravitated toward conceptions of leadership based on business management and social-science research, its educational roots atrophied over the course of the 20th century. This paper makes the case for a new conceptual foundation for the profession and presents a possible framework for recasting the concept of leadership. The new foundation is anchored in three key concepts: school improvement, democratic community, and social justice. School leadership is cast in terms of three metaphors: moral steward, educator, and community leader. The "Principle of Correspondence" is presented as a synthesizing paradigm that promotes finding a principle that provides correspondence between value-carrying dimensions of a profession. It focuses on defining aims rather than engendering academic foment or parsing out administrative activities. It should act as an intellectual magnet to pull work together and guide it in certain directions, be informed by and help organize work and ideas, promote the development of a body of ideas and concepts that define school administration as an applied field, engender productive dialogue and exchange between different points of view, and establish a framework that ensures that the standard for what is taught is related to valued ends. (Contains 43 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Policy Board for Educational Administration, Fairfax, VA.; Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration.