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ERIC Number: EJ904157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Educating School Leaders to Think and Act Both Locally and Globally
Townsend, Tony
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v13 n3 p335-348 Jul 2010
It is clear that school leaders recognize that there has been substantial change in the types of technology available to young people today, most of which adults feel less comfortable about than they do. However, when they are probed further, they come to recognize that it is not just technology that has changed, but pretty much everything else too, some of it on the back of technology, but other things not so. Thirty years ago Minzey (1981) argued that previous educational reform had been similar to rearranging the toys in the toy box, when what we really needed was a whole new box. Educators now need to move to a new S-curve, where they close in on universal quality education, where every single student has a successful school experience. In 2009, this author argued that this was the next S-curve, where educators think and act both locally and globally, and that to do this, the metaphor for education had to change again, from accountability, which clearly has not worked, to social justice, where whatever is necessary to deliver a quality education to the world's population is done. He states that education must be seen as a global experience, where people work together for the betterment of themselves, each other, the local community, and the planet as a whole. In this article, Townsend focuses on how thinking and acting both locally and globally will impact on school leaders and, in turn, create new demands for universities and other agencies that are involved in the initial training and subsequent professional development of school leaders. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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