Democratic educational leadership in contemporary times

Gale, Trevor and Densmore, Kathleen 2003, Democratic educational leadership in contemporary times, International journal of leadership in education, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 119-136.

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Title Democratic educational leadership in contemporary times
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Densmore, Kathleen
Journal name International journal of leadership in education
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 136
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 1360-3124
1464-5092
Keyword(s) education leaders
democratic leaders
social justice
economic conditions
social conditions
Summary This article seeks to identify the economic and social conditions confronting officially designated education leaders and to set out the parameters for how they might respond. Specifically, it suggests that education leaders are currently faced with changing bases of social cohesion, changing instruments of (economic) control and changing forms of organisation. Informed by these changing conditions and by a recognitive view of social justice (Young 1990; Gale and Densmore 2000), the article makes a case for educational leadership that is characterised by distinctly democratic directions and influences. In particular, democratic leaders are seen as those that enable the formation of social, learning and culturally responsive public educational institutions, in part by enabling contextually-specific struggles to determine what is needed, and by developing a politically informed commitment to justice for all.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040824

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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