Drawing together current thinking and research by leading writers in the field, Educational Leadership will help you to understand and critically analyze key strategic aspects of educational leadership, including: leadership perspectives and values; external and internal contexts; autonomy and accountability; partnership and collaboration; leading strategy and change
The book explores major challenges for educational leaders in managing the increasingly permeable boundary between educational organizations and their external contexts, and reconciling environmental expectations and internal priorities. It will encourage you to positively problematize the field and reflect on current debates and issues.
This book is an essential resource for providers and students of graduate courses in educational leadership and management, as well as those involved in undertaking professional development programs. It will also serve the reflective practitioner as personal reference when occupying or aspiring towards leadership roles in schools, colleges and other educational organizations.
Chapter 20: The Fourth Way
The Fourth Way
Editors' note: Earlier in the book from which this extract is taken, the authors describe three phases of largely unsuccessful educational reform efforts over recent decades, which they term the First, Second and Third Way of Educational Change. A summary of these is shown in the Appendix. In this chapter, Hargreaves and Shirley put the case for a new vision of educational change – the Fourth Way.
The Fourth Way is a way of inspiration and innovation, of responsibility and sustainability. The Fourth Way does not drive reform relentlessly through teachers, use them as final delivery points for government policies, or vacuum up their motivations into a vortex of change defined by short-term political agendas and the special interests ...