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ERIC Number: EJ846517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
School Leadership that Is Informed by Students' and Teachers' Voices of Hope: Reclaiming Our Lost Ways from an Australian Perspective
Smyth, John
Journal of School Leadership, v15 n2 p130-142 Mar 2005
This article provides both a critique and a more hopeful alternative to the current direction in school leadership. The central framing argument, written from an Australian perspective, is that dominant regimes of school leadership within current school reform approaches are failing because of their inability to listen to the voices of students and teachers. Illustrations are presented from Australian research indicating that when school leadership and improvement are conceptualized and enacted around student learning rather than around management, testing, fear, punishment, and accountability, then genuine change is possible, particularly for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. For this to happen, however, there needs to be a courageous paradigm shift and the development of a "vocabulary of hope" with which to conceive of, and think about, schools. For this kind of leadership reform to become widespread, there must be a willingness to confront and question for whom schools primarily exist. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia