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Corrupted Principles and the Challenges of Critically Reflective Leadership

Cunningham, Christine L.

Corrupted Principles and the Challenges of Critically Reflective Leadership

Year of Publication: 2011

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 284 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-1002-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.420 kg, 0.926 lbs

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Book synopsis

Corrupted Principles and the Challenges of Critically Reflective Leadership documents the author’s research as a K-12 principal in an elite American International School in Bolivia. During those years she kept a daily journal of her work that revealed exactly how the school fabricated college transcripts and passed failing students and examines why the school remained unaccountable for its corrupt actions.
Against a backdrop of national crisis when Bolivia’s indigenous majority struggled to gain executive political power and invoke inclusive and pluralistic education reforms, this book details how the school’s plutocratic processes helped to guarantee that its wealthy young graduates would retain their privileged place in society.
As the title suggests, Corrupted Principles and the Challenges of Critically Reflective Leadership reveals the author’s professional Dilemma to remain true to her education ideals while leading a corrupt school. How she resolved this ethical predicament is the crux of this study and illuminates the challenges and inspiration of doing Critically Reflective Leadership.


Contents: Ethical dilemmas of leadership – Critical Education Theory – Critically Reflective Practice – Describing the Bolivian International School – Contesting Assumptions that Inform Practice – Confronting Local Power – Confronting National and International Power – School Reconstruction? – Reconstructing the Personal.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Christine L. Cunningham studied Education and received her PhD in 2010 from Murdoch University in Perth. She is currently employed as a lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University. Christine L. Cunningham has extensive experience as a teacher and school leader in K-12 schools in Australia, Asia and South America.