ERIC Number: EJ1045191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
The Moral Imperative of Social Justice Leadership: A Critical Component of Effective Practice
Rivera-McCutchen, Rosa L.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v46 n4 p747-763 Nov 2014
This study examined how four principals in urban middle and senior high schools with a social justice orientation responded to hypothetical scenarios involving teacher prejudice. The principals in this study did not reference their leadership preparation programs in describing the evolution of their equity-focused leadership philosophies, nor did they reference theory. Rather, the principals were predisposed to support the goals of equity and fairness because they believed they had a moral obligation to do so. The research suggests that school leaders who enter the position with a predisposition for equity and fighting injustice may be better equipped to handle scenarios involving prejudice in ways that advance the overall goals of social justice.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Principals, Equal Education, Urban Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Ethics, Bias, Teacher Attitudes, Leadership Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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