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The Power of Responsive Educational Leadership Building Schools for Global Challenges

    234 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Power of Responsive Educational Leadership examines how educational leaders might respond to global challenges such as the environment, technology, inequity, the health crisis, and the stability of democracy. It draws on models of educational leadership and development projects from around the world to explore how leaders might use the curriculum and teaching to help move their communities, regions, and countries in positive directions.

    The authors argue that educational leadership needs to move away from authoritarian or transactional bureaucracy and toward leadership in a participatory mode that feels responsible for the children and adults in their institution and responsible for the society they all inhabit. The Power of Responsive Educational Leadership:

    • Offers a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted nature of leadership for learning
    • Charts the key thinking and practices that engage with the principles of leadership for learning and the implications these have
    • Provides a variety of fresh perspectives on the connections between education, schooling, and leadership
    • Includes a range of internationally diverse case studies and vignettes

    This comprehensive guide invites readers to engage in thinking about new directions for education today. The book will be a useful starting point for individuals who choose to engage in discussions and deliberations around what it means to be responsive. It will be invaluable for those who are working as principals and teachers or participating in education leadership development programs around the world and hope to work in various roles.

    Foreword: Leadership Properly Understood  1. Introduction: Conceptualizing Foundations of Responsive Educational Leadership  2. Challenges Abound  3. The Local/Global Pendulum: Context, Place and Educational Leadership  4. Building a Strategic Framework for Responsive Educational Leadership  5. Actions Focused on Learning and Development  6. Using Responsive Leadership to Re-Form School  7. A Bird’s Eye View: Everything Is Connected


    Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz, sociologist, teacher, and researcher, works at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He has had a chance to experience and reflect on the educational system from different positions: student, teacher, academic, consultant, and project coordinator. He believes that education can change a world.

    John M. Fischer, a Professor in Social Studies Education at Bowling Green, has served as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. His work and research seek to investigate and improve issues around education reform with a focus on inequality, civic education, and democracy. He believes dialog across boundaries matters now more than ever.

    ‘We are facing a number of serious challenges all over the globe and we need to search for adequate ways to deal with them when current approaches cease to be effective. Undoubtedly, education needs to be in the core of these initiatives. This is why the search for responsive leadership is so topical. This book is a valuable contribution to these efforts.’

    Professor Milan Pol, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

    ‘Mazurkiewicz and Fischer readily acknowledge the complicated nature of our world, the challenges facing humankind locally and globally, and the integral role that education plays. They urge all of us to take up the challenge of bettering our children, our schools, our world, and ourselves. That is what good educational leaders do—identify the challenges, see the possibilities, and realize the potential within all of us.’

    W. Kyle Ingle, Professor, Educational Leadership, The University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA