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ERIC Number: EJ791616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 218
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 329
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Rethinking the "L" Word in Higher Education. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 31, Number 6
Kezar, Adrianna J., Ed.; Carducci, Rozana, Ed.; Contreras-McGavin, Melissa, Ed.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v31 n6 p1-218 2006
Given the major changes that have occurred, it is important to examine the state of leadership research in higher education. This volume updates the 1989 Bensimon, Neumann, and Birnbaum volume. Rather than rewrite a book that nicely summarized research on leadership until the late 1980s, this book focuses on reviewing advances in paradigms, theories, concepts, and research concerns and agendas. The chapter entitled "A World Apart," reviews the new paradigms--social constructivism, postmodernism, and critical theory--that have been applied to the study of leadership and revolutionized how people think about leadership. The following chapter, "A World Anew," updates several schools of thought presented in the original volume of this book--contingency theory, cultural theories, and cognitive theories--and describes new theories that have emerged such as complexity theory, organizational learning, processual theories, and team approach. The next chapter, "Revolutionary Concepts of Leadership," reviews some of the main concepts that have emerged in the leadership research and literature such as ethics, empowerment, collaboration, and networks. "Higher Education Leadership in the New World" presents the research specifically in higher education that has been conducted since 1989, focusing on developments that advance one's thinking such as cognitive and cultural theories of leadership. "Revolutionary Leadership Concepts in Higher Education" reviews the degree to which the new concepts that have emerged in that general leadership literature have been pursued by higher education researchers. In the last two chapters, the implications of this vast body of new research are reviewed and directions for future research provided. Throughout the text, vignettes and summaries are presented to help bring the main concepts presented in this book to life and made more concrete. An appendix includes case studies designed to provide readers with opportunities to apply the theories and concepts reviewed in the book. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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