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ERIC Number: EJ865013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Immaculate Consummation: Learning Meets Leadership
Gronn, Peter
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v12 n3 p311-318 Jul 2009
As a policy-making elite, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to this author, is susceptible to one of the fatal weaknesses of all elites: an inclination to be inwardly self-referential in their views of the world and to seek confirmation of the positions to which they are already predisposed or committed. In short, there is a strong risk of closed-mindedness and all the accompanying hallmarks of groupthink in their collective self-talk. But do the same accusations apply to those working at the coalface? What happens when scholars with interests in two domains of inquiry and research (learning and leadership) bring together groups of practitioners with similar interests for the duration of a project? Does their attempted alignment of leadership and learning merely turn out to be an uneasy form of coexistence (a kind of intellectual odd couple relationship) or can the two be combined successfully in relatively straightforward ways? In short, is the learning-leadership encounter a mutually supportive one, so that both areas emerge strengthened by their coupling or is one advantaged at the expense of the other? And to what extent might the proposed consummation be either complicated or facilitated by the different sets of cultural assumptions and understandings that inform the architects of such matchmaking? These are just a handful of the questions that are highlighted by the articles comprising the "Carpe Vitam" symposium and with which the project members wrestled. Implicit is the theme of diffusion--the traffic in ideas, the rate and scope of their movement and factors that support and/or impede them. This author highlights the idea of international projects as being somewhat analogous to temporary societies or communities, the viability and utility of which depend in large measure on their members' capacity to establish collaborative working norms as part of their negotiation of shared end values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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