ERIC Number: ED474404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
New Challenges, New Directions: School Improvement, Democratic Community, and Social Justice.
Lunenburg, Fred C.
Building on the strengths and shortcomings of modernist views of organizations and leadership, this discursive paper enters the national conversation among scholars and practitioners about what constitutes the core of their knowledge and practice. It provides a discussion of three national themes about the core of educational administration--school improvement, democratic community, and social justice--and how each theme relates specifically to current national and state political policy initiatives. Within the section on school improvement, the paper addresses clarifying educational purposes; encouraging collective learning; aligning with state educational standards; providing support to teachers; and making data-driven decisions in education. Within the section on democratic community, the paper touches upon democratic values; family and community involvement in education; national and state educational policies; and curriculum development, with a look at critical thinking and constructivist theory. Within the section on social justice, the paper briefly discusses educational opportunities; inequities in schooling; and systemic racism in schools. (Contains 82 references.) (Author/WFA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Constructivism (Learning), Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Democratic Values, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Family School Relationship, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Leadership, National Standards, Racial Attitudes, School Community Relationship, Social Values, State Standards
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A