'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.

Links to Learning

Links to learning

The root of interest in democratic leadership, whether at the level of school governance, school leadership or pedagogical leadership, is its connection with learning. Discussion in this chapter cascades down the traditional hierarchy of schools. After considering the influence of senior leadership, attention is given to the notion of teacher leadership, which is closer to pedagogical practice and is a form of distributed leadership in school education seen by some as having contemporary significance. The chapter then turns directly to the teaching and learning which educational leadership -however it is conceptualised and practised – is ultimately intended to influence. If there is an educational responsibility to promote democratic culture, with epistemological implications, there is a responsibility to examine what this ...

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