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Theories on Educational Leadership
A review of four articles on theories of educational leadership.
# 152953 | 1,391 words | 14 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 01, 2013 in Education (Administration) , Education (Theory)

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The paper offers a summary of four primary documents and then presents a synthesis of the educational leadership theories they offer. The paper then draws from the literature positive and concrete suggestions as to how educational leadership can be improved in terms of improved educational efficacy and the reduction of inequalities based on individual and cultural practices.

Conclusions and Implications

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"Schecter (2008) examines organizational learning mechanisms from the management science perspective, and breaks learning down into four factors. These are analyzing information, storing-retrieving-putting to use of information, receiving-disseminating information, and seeking information (Schechter 2008). The author suggests that in using this framework, schools have a definite and concrete method of analyzing the learning cycle that occurs with their students and even with instructors, enabling them to identify parts of the four-factor cycle that are not functioning optimally and sp develop more effective techniques that address real problems in an efficient and targeted manner (Schechter 2008).
"Shields (2010) approached the subject of educational leadership from an altogether different perspective aimed at addressing the social concerns and problems that arise in learning environments and educational fields rather than the purely pragmatic functions of education delivery. In a comparison of leadership styles, the author concludes that transformative leadership--as distinct from transformational or transactional styles of leadership--is most effective at addressing social inequities in educational settings (Shields 2010). She ultimately suggests that administrators attempting to build more equitable educational institutions utilize practices that are associated with the transformative leadership style (Shields 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bennis, W. (1984). Transformative Power and Leadership. In Sergiovanni, T. & Corbally, J. (eds), Leadership and organizational culture. Chicago: Illini Books.
  • Brown, K. (2004). Leadership for Social Justice and Equity: Weaving a Transformative Framework and Pedagogy. Educational Administration Quarterly 40(1), 77-108.
  • Fielding, M. (2000). Community, philosophy and education policy: Against the immiseration of contemporary schooling. Journal of Education Policy, 15(4), 397-415.
  • Hill, D. & King, J. E. (2005) Appendix C. Glossary of Terms, in: J.E. King (Ed.) Black education: a transformative research and action agenda for the new century. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • House, R. J. (1996). Path-goal theory of leadership: Lessons, legacy, and a reformulated theory. Leadership Quarterly, 7, 323-352.

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