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ERIC Number: ED466831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 132
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-55833-255-3
Authority and Decision Making in Catholic Schools. The NCEA Catholic Educational Leadership Monograph Series.
Jacobs, Richard M., Ed.
This guide provides philosophical and theological underpinning for authority and its exercise inside of Catholic schools. It examines authority from a cultural perspective and accords primary consideration to the principles of democracy, Scripture, and church teaching while reflecting upon what these imply for Catholic educational leaders. Chapter 1 considers the foundation of authority as it is expressed through parental authority, steeped in the virtue of charity. Chapter 2 describes the five attributes of authority: substitutional, pedagogical, practical, essential, and humble, which express an ethic of service. Chapter 3 provides a discussion of the religious issues associated with authority, gleaned from three scenes from the Gospel of Matthew. Chapter 4 considers three tools that Catholic education al leaders can use to integrate the philosophical and theological rationale of the decision-making processes. Chapter 5 responds to four questions that Catholic educational leaders have raised concerning authority. Chapter 6 provides an integrated vision of the exercise of authority in building democratic school communities through communion-causing conversations among various stakeholders. Addressing concerns beyond school management and toward cultural leadership leaders can ideally ensure that every member of the Catholic school community engages in decision-making processes. (Contains 91 references.) (RKJ)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.