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ERIC Number: EJ870792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Educational Leadership and Social Activism: A Call for Action
Hoffman, Lauren P.
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v41 n4 p391-410 Nov 2009
The purpose of this article is to argue for a social activist stance in educational leadership that fundamentally addresses social change and human emancipation. This call for social activism is framed within neoliberal, neoconservative, and authoritarian populist discourses in the USA, which to social justice educators and leaders had devastating effects on education. Empirical data from an activist high school principal, activist university professor, and activist priest reflects their development of political clarity, political capacity, political collaboration, and an ethic of risk. It is suggested that the work of socially active educational leaders needs to be broadened to include such things as public policy advocacy, networking, organising, community development, and scholarship. Finally, the article concludes with a variety of ways educational leaders can demonstrate their social, moral, and political activism as they challenge the status quo, fight for social justice, and come to understand the politicised notion of leadership. (Contains 64 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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