ERIC Number: EJ852556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Reference Count: 7
Social Justice Deferred: Unpackaging the "Yeses" and "Buts"
Lopez, Gerardo R.
Journal of School Leadership, v14 n5 p585-592 Sep 2004
This article presents the author's reaction to Catherine Marshall and Michael Ward's article on research on social justice and training for leadership. Marshall and Ward's article provides an informative lens into how influential leaders perceive the role and importance of social justice training in the field of educational leadership. Marshall and Ward interviewed 10 individuals who represent some of the most powerful constituency, policy-making, and advocacy groups in the field--including representatives from NCATE, AASA, NASSP, NAESP, and the CCSSO. Their study found that this small, but politically powerful, group of leaders were generally supportive of social justice issues, but expressed several doubts, reservations, and uncertainties that such an effort would be feasible and/or viable on a larger scale. In effect, they espoused a "yes... but" attitude that fully recognized the value of social justice, yet stopped short of believing it could be successfully implemented in leadership training, development, and certification. The author discusses the need to "unpackage" some of the responses and interrogate how such statements work against a broader social justice agenda for the field.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Administrator Qualifications, Leadership Qualities, Interviews, Attitude Measures, Certification, Social Attitudes, Moral Values, Social Values, Public Policy, Barriers
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