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ERIC Number: EJ870789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
An Issue without a History: A Consideration of the Impact of Sustainable Development upon School Administration
Bottery, Mike
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v41 n4 p343-362 Nov 2009
It is problematic enough trying to extract the lessons from the past to inform the present and the future; it is even more difficult when there is no history upon which to draw. This is the case with respect to a consideration of the impact of sustainable development upon school administration. Whilst there is a history of events contributing to this issue, the recognition of its global importance is little more than three decades old, and its impact upon school administration remains critically unexamined. This article tries to redress this situation by examining some of the possible reasons for this omission, before suggesting that sustainable development comprises a pyramid of dependency of three related areas, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. Through an interpretive history of events which have brought this issue centre-stage in public consciousness, it is discussed how such issues may impact upon school administration, and how they may be addressed. It concludes by suggesting that this area raises significant tensions between a number of societal values which educational leaders also need to address. In so doing, an historical perspective not only throws light on the past and the present, but highlights educational issues for the future. (Contains 2 figures and 57 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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