ERIC Number: EJ916080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
"Where I Came From, Where I Am Now, and Where I'd Like to Be": Aspiring Administrators Reflect on Issues Related to Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice
Hernandez, Frank; Marshall, Joanne M.
Journal of School Leadership, v19 n3 p299-333 May 2009
This study explores student reflections about issues related to equity, diversity, and social justice from an educational foundations course. Online reflections and course assignments were analyzed from 15 aspiring administrators for patterns. Findings indicate that (1) students were willing to engage and reflect on their experiences and cultural identity, (2) students used their worldviews as filters for these experiences, (3) students were not necessarily willing to experience discomfort for the sake of learning about difference, and (4)students thought about their identities in a range of distinct developmental ways. If educational administration programs are to prepare future administrators who are reflective practitioners and critical thinkers working for social justice, professors must prepare these individuals to acknowledge their cultural identity and its implications for the schools they lead, and professors must account for their students' developmental differences in class.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Administrator Education, Educational Administration, Occupational Aspiration, Ethnic Diversity, Foundations of Education, Reflection, Assignments, Multicultural Education, Portfolio Assessment, Work Attitudes, Vocational Interests, Personality Development
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