'The theory and practice of democracy and democratic leadership have implications for how we understand what ought to be counted as 'improving schools' In this book Woods focuses on the idea of democratic leadership, examining what is meant by democratic leadership, what forms it can take, and how it is relevant to school education and learning. He shows how the ideals and theories of democratic leadership can translate into practice, and sets out some of the challenges that democratic leadership poses in the context of contemporary education . Democratic Leadership in Education challenges conventional approaches to leadership and many of the assumptions inherent in educational policy. It is about understanding and exploring both the idea of democratic leadership and its practical relevance through examples drawn from practice and research. An enlightening resource for practitioners and students on professional development and academic courses, this book will be essential reading for all policy makers, academics and others (such as inspectors) who critically examine leadership and management of educational institutions.

Complexities and Demands of Practice

Complexities and demands of practice

The developmental conception of democracy has implications for how we understand the practice of democratic leadership. This chapter summarises implications for the exercise of democratic leadership, gleaned from the earlier, theoretical chapters, then addresses further issues concerning its practice.

Implications So Far

It is possible to extricate from the theoretical discussion of democracy and democratic practice key implications for the exercise of democratic leadership.1 Firstly, democratic leadership involves practice of democratic rationalities, namely: engaging in the search for common human good (ethical); exercising and facilitating deliberation and dialogic democracy (discursive); dispersing leadership, exercising and being subject to accountability, and taking up and respecting recognised rights to participate in decision making (decisional); and contributing to leaders' own and others' ...

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