'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.
Chapter 2: A Developmental Conception of Democratic Practice
A Developmental Conception of Democratic Practice
Democratic practice takes its meaning and nature from the conception of democracy we hold. A broad conception implies that what it means to be active in a democratic society, organisation or group is rich, multi-dimensional and demanding, and that the institutional and cultural supports to democracy are geared to promoting this practice. Democratic leadership in the developmental model is concerned with distinct democratic principles which, in progressing through the models of democracy, have been introduced along the way. Brought together, these comprise the principles of the developmental conception of democracy and are summarised in Table 2.1.
Table 2.1: Principles of developmental democracy
Democratic leadership also requires an idea of democratic practice which both analytically distinguishes and ...