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ERIC Number: EJ942995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1540-9392
Leadership Education Priorities in a Democratic Society
Page, William Tyler
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, v4 n4 p334-337 Win 2010
Is there still an effort to include democratic ideals in public education? Some claim that it is no longer a priority, the result of a lack of common definition or perceived benefits. In today's policy driven climate, school leaders must transition to new and more effective approaches to enhancing learning and teaching. Aspiring principals/leaders should recognize by now that underperforming students and schools may result in significant reprisals, including dismissal, if improvement is not specifically quantified in state assessments. As reforms evolve, research consistently suggests that a key component to effective school change is the democratic process of educating and involving core constituents. However, the tension between collaboration and policy is a reality that often mitigates against a people-centered process. Thus, the leadership base in knowledge, skill sets, practice, and dispositions must target a collective/collaborative effort that recognizes and works through policy demands. This balancing act between constituent involvement on the one hand, and policy expectations on the other, has never been greater. As a result, it has become evident that leadership training must combine creative schemes that are people/constituent inclusive, with an approach that recognizes and balances policy expectations.
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Language: English
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