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Praise for Learning As a Way of Leading

"If the movement for social justice education is going to successfully institutionalize, it will require skillful and talented leadership. Stephen Preskill and Stephen Brookfield have given us a morally compelling picture of what organic leadership for educational change might look like and how it can be developed. This book deserves to be widely read and thought about." —Charles Payne, Frank B. Hixon Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and author, I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle

"Leadership for substantive change is rooted in deep learning. This important book never fails to inspire its readers with ample evidence in theory and practice." —Richard Guarasci, coauthor, Democratic Education in an Age of Difference, and president,Wagner College

"Several elements of this book make it a most welcome addition to leadership studies. First, and most obvious, is the emphasis on learning; a relief from the still lingering emphasis on leadership as authority and expertise. Second, the authors—with their extensive background in critical thinking, adult learning, and democratic pedagogy—explain specific types of learning that would serve all leaders well regardless of context. Third, they ground these types of learning in the work of specific people who championed democratic, just, peaceful, and sustainable societies; an important group for leadership studies. Finally, the authors model what they preach. They lead us to new insights through the learning processes and people they describe in hopes that what they have learned will help us more fully realize ourselves as human beings first and only then, as leaders." —Richard Couto, professor, Leadership and Change Ph.D. program, Antioch University, and senior fellow, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland

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Editorial Reviews

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“What I like most about this book is the way Preskill and Brookfield model their own ideas about narrative, listening and being open to the contributions of others. They are good story tellers and have the ability to bring the personality and essence of their leaders to the reader.

It is both a thought provoking book and a practical guide. It gives models, but urges us to reflect and analyze our own experiences. It is definitely grounded in adult learning principles, and pushes the limits of our current thinking. I will definitely introduce this model, Preskill and Brookfield’s ideas, to my doctoral students this fall. How could I not?”

The National Teaching and Learning Forum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978075
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 284,931
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Preskill is chair of the Department of Education at Wagner College in New York City. He held the Jane Simmons McKimmon Professorship of Leadership Studies at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Stephen D. Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Preskill and Bookfield are the coauthors of Discussion as a Way of Teaching, second edition, from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents


The Authors.

1 The Essence of Learning Leadership.

2 Learning to Be Open to the Contributions of Others.

3 Learning Critical Reflection.

4 Learning to Support the Growth of Others.

5 Learning Collective Leadership.

6 Learning to Analyze Experience.

7 Learning to Question.

8 Learning Democracy.

9 Learning to Sustain Hope in the Face of Struggle.

10 Learning to Create Community.

11 Appraising and Modeling Learning Leadership.



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