Democratic Leadership

Overview

Almost a decade ago, a national commission formally announced a time of crisis in American education. Since then, Americans have been engaged in a debate about the purpose and organization of tomorrow's schools. While the early reform reports were silent on the preparation of school administrators, recent reports have focused on the failure to turn out well-prepared administrators. The National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration (1987) and the National Policy Board for Educational ...

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Overview

Almost a decade ago, a national commission formally announced a time of crisis in American education. Since then, Americans have been engaged in a debate about the purpose and organization of tomorrow's schools. While the early reform reports were silent on the preparation of school administrators, recent reports have focused on the failure to turn out well-prepared administrators. The National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration (1987) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (1989) called for sweeping changes in the recruitment, preparation, regulation, and evaluation of school administrators. It was argued that raising standards for admission to educational administration programs, more courses, adding more rigor to existing courses, tighter certification requirements, competency-based licensing, and supervised school-site internships would address the concerns raised by practitioners and numerous other critics. Educational reforms directed toward raising the quality of our schools require administrators who are collaborative, dynamic, and innovative problem solvers; administrators who can guide the educational enterprise to higher achievement, provide individuals with aspirations and dreams, and critically inculturate the young into a political democracy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Authors
Pt. I The New Realities 1
1 The Evolution of the One Best System: Administrator Preparation 3
2 Educating Leaders to Invent "Tomorrow's" Schools 15
Pt. II Movement Towards Democratic Leadership 29
3 Educational Leadership and School Administrators: Rethinking the Meaning of Democratic Public Cultures 31
4 A Paradigm Shift: Implications for the Preparation of School Leaders 49
5 Internal and External Barriers to Change in Departments of Educational Administration 61
6 The Curriculum in Crisis 83
Pt. III Preparation Reconceptualized 103
7 Educational Administrators as Leaders: Curriculum Implications 105
8 Educational Administrators as Leaders: Instructional Implications 133
9 Educational Administrators as Leaders: Research Implications 145
10 Educational Administrators as Leaders: The Participants 163
Pt. IV Perspectives on Preparation: Invited Commentaries from the Field 187
11 Linking Practice and the Preparation of School Administrators 189
12 New Directions for Preparing School Leaders? 201
13 Educational Leadership: Transforming Schools into Learning Communities 217
14 New Contours of Leadership 227
Pt. V Conclusion 241
15 Leverage Points for Change 243
16 Continuing the Conversation 249
Author Index 257
Subject Index 261
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