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Organizational Theory for Equity and Diversity

Leading Integrated, Socially Just Education, 1st Edition

By Colleen A. Capper


240 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Organizational Theory for Equity and Diversity covers the full range of organizational theories as applied to educational leadership practice and research, exploring not only traditional perspectives but also critically oriented epistemologies including Critical Race Theory; LatCrit, Asian, Tribal Crit, and Black Crit; Disability Studies theories; feminist theories; Queer Theory, and theories of intersectionality. Each chapter features teaching suggestions, discussion questions, and questions to help aspiring leaders critically analyze their leadership strengths and limitations in order to understand, apply, and integrate theories into practice. This valuable text provides aspiring school leaders and administrators with the theory and tools for creating equitable and diverse schools that are effective and sustainable.


"This book makes no apologies in justifying why we need to ground the teaching and research in organizational theory in educational administration in areas such as critical race theory, feminist epistemologies, Queer theories, Disability studies, etc. Capper truly embraces a sincerity of intersectionality, which will help students re-think what organizations mean and what they do. This book will push our field to once and for all move research and teaching away from the traditional frameworks, and toward the organizational realities of the lived experiences of the people in those organizations."

—Laurence Parker, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah

"Instead of the typical manner of presenting organizational theories as topics such as structure, decision making, and leadership, Capper provides a unique analysis that makes so much more sense for the leadership development of educators. Using valuable teaching tools, she provides the opportunity for students (and instructors) to analyze their own identity development as they struggle with the claims of the various epistemologies regarding equity and diversity."

—Gary M. Crow, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

"If you have ever wanted to critically interrogate the almost completely ’race- and culturally neutral‘ ways we think about and analyze organizations and organizational dynamics in schools, then this book is for you. I do not know of any other text that analyzes in such a thorough and truly useful fashion, while also acknowledging educational leadership’s history. This gem of a book includes rich dives into relevant epistemologies balanced against practical, pertinent, and quite useful case studies that speak to the current state of school leadership."

—Mark Anthony Gooden, Program Director and Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership, Columbia University

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction



Chapter 1 - Introduction and Epistemologies of Educational Leadership and Organizations

Chapter 2 – History of Organizational Theory and Equity in the Field

Chapter 3 – Structural Functional Epistemology

Chapter 4 – Interpretivist Epistemology

Chapter 5 – Critical Theory Epistemology

Chapter 6 – Feminist, Poststructural, and Feminist Poststructural Epistemologies

Chapter 7 – Critical Race Theory, Black Crit

Chapter 8 – LatCrit, Tribal Crit, and Asian Crit Theories

Chapter 9 – Black Feminism and Black Feminist Epistemology

Chapter 10- Disability Studies in Education Epistemology

Chapter 11 – Queer Theory

Chapter 12 - Individual and Organizational Identity Formation toward Social Justice

About the Author

Colleen A. Capper is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

About the Series

Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity

This exciting new series, Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity, addresses the core areas of leader preparation and development in the field of educational leadership. By extending the foundations of the field to new conceptions of leadership that reflect educational diversity, equity research, and emerging theory, this series moves the educational leadership field forward. These powerful books from a diverse set of authors combine research, theory, and practice to support a new generation of scholarship. This series provides aspiring principals, assistant principals, district level leaders and researchers with the necessary tools to successfully lead inclusive and socially just schools.

Special Features of Series:

  • The series books align with the core content areas within Educational Leadership preparation programs
  • Written by respected authors in the field (established and emerging), diverse by race, language, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, disability, and their intersections
  • Addresses the full range of student and staff diversity including race, culture, social class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, language, religion and their intersections
  • Grounded in relevant and emerging theory--includes foundational, traditional perspectives and also extends the conversation to current critical perspectives
  • Explicitly takes an inclusive and integrated approach to schooling
  • Draws from current and classic literature and empirical research
  • Integrates examples from practice to illustrate theories and concepts
  • Explicit links are made between preK-12 and higher and postsecondary education
  • A series companion website with suggestions and activities for teaching chapters, power points, and video links

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