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ERIC Number: ED550262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 317
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-7101-8
An Existential Portraiture of an Educational Leadership Course: Soulful Transcendence through Poetics
Amonett, Catherine York
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Stephen F. Austin State University
This portrait captured a journey of 13 individuals that participated in an educational leadership course. The subjects were members of a Cohort and the course was the last course in the program. The portraiture methodology was utilized so that the nuances in relationships, feelings and the portraitist's voice could create a layered, contextual portrait of the participants' experience. Three layers were identified following the course and served as the primary focus of the group's discussions: Social Poetics and Media Influences on Society, Democratic Platforms in Education and Moral Imperatives of Scholar-Practitioners. These three themes were evident in classes throughout the semester in the discussions. The Cohort members reflected on the themes in two questionnaires, one before the class began and a follow up questionnaire following the course completion. The portraiture revealed that educational scholar-practitioners have existential, moral responsibilities that require action and reflection to better promote democratic educational arrangements that cultivate all learners. Difficult, often ignored topics must be explored so that true understanding of the elements that limit social justice and derail democracy can be overcome in the scholar-practitioner's practice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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