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New Perspectives in Educational Leadership

Exploring Social, Political, and Community Contexts and Meaning- Foreword by Fenwick W. English- Conclusion by Linda C. Tillman


Edited By Sonya Douglass Horsford

New Perspectives in Educational Leadership examines educational administration and leadership within the complex social, political, and community contexts that inform and influence the work of today’s educational leaders. With particular attention to the implications and larger contexts of shifting demographics, high-stakes accountability, and globalization on schools and society in the twenty-first century, this volume seeks to advance lines of inquiry presented in other areas of education research, that have yet to be fully explored or imagined in the field of educational leadership.
This unique blend of empirical, theoretical, and conceptual research by both established and emerging scholars in the field directly acknowledges and addresses the demands of leading increasingly diverse and complex school communities. Topics include: the social and cultural dynamics of leadership, reflective practice, politics of equity and adequacy, critical servant leadership, and the possibilities of transformative leadership within these dynamic educational contexts.
As a primary or supplementary text in educational administration, leadership, and foundations courses, New Perspectives in Educational Leadership provides a much-needed complement to the traditional topics of instructional leadership and education management given the expanding and increasingly complex conditions that face educational administrators and school leaders today.


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INTRODUCTION Re-Imagining Educational Leadership: New Theoretical Perspectives and Contextual Considerations in the Field


# INTRODUCTION Re-Imagining Educational Leadership: New Perspectives and Contextual Considerations in the Field Sonya Douglass Horsford Strong schools require strong leaders. And as public schools and systems of schooling continue to generate heated criticism from a variety of educational, political, and community stakeholders, educational leaders have the unique challenge and opportunity of serving as both the object of study and conduit for meaningful change in education. Increasingly, leaders of schools and school systems are faced with a com- plex set of responsibilities and challenges in which they must navigate multiple and varied contexts with skill, sophistication, and conviction to meet the de- mands of high-stakes accountability standards, public scrutiny, and the leader- ship our children, schools, and communities deserve. With a firm grounding in leadership studies and research from business and management, public ad- ministration, and interdisciplinary approaches drawn from history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, etc., the study of educational leadership con- tinues to yield new and insightful perspectives that are important in light of the dynamic social context of education, which warrants and requires new ways of imagining theory, research, and practice in the field. The purpose of this volume is to offer a collection of new perspectives in educational leadership grounded in a much-needed focus on the social, politi- cal, and community contexts in which education management, administra- tion, and leadership are located. Educational leadership is no longer limited to New Perspectives in Educational Leadership 2 a knowledge base of instructional leadership, site-based management, and or- ganizational development....

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