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ERIC Number: EJ845620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
A Critical Approach to Researching Social Justice and School Leadership in England
Taysum, Alison; Gunter, Helen
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v3 n2 p183-199 2008
This article investigates how school leaders in England understand and describe social justice in terms of their own lived lives. By this we mean how they understand equity issues by recognizing the ways in which they themselves have experienced inclusion or exclusion in their lives. We then go on to examine how this way of knowing shapes the way school leaders want to operationalize social justice in their schools. The research is based on semi-structured interviews with 14 school leaders. The empirical evidence was read through Cribb and Gewirtz' (2003) conceptual framework of social justice. Theorizing in this way revealed that handling challenging professional issues, such as the national curriculum, enabled school leaders to work for cultural justice, distributive justice, and associational justice in their school communities. It is argued such activity impacts on dimensions of quality and performance in working for change in educational institutions. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)