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'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.

Dualities of Democratic Leadership
Dualities of democratic leadership

Putting into operation and dispersing a form of democratic leadership based on the developmental model of democracy is ambitious and challenging. Democratic leadership in this broad sense directs educational activity towards the deepest questions and purposes of creative human potential. The breadth of its concern with democratic rationalities and social justice is encapsulated in the principal aims of such leadership, summarised in Figure 11.1.

Figure 11.1: Principal aims of democratic leadership

By the very nature of schools and the practical complexity of translating into reality the principles and rationalities of developmental democracy, with all the challenges and obstacles entailed, there is no one model of democratic leadership and schooling which can be advocated. A sense of how, in one instance, ...

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