Social justice leaders critical moments in head teachers’/principals’ development: Research in educational administration and leadership

Christine Forde, Deirdre Torrance

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Abstract

Being a social justice leader makes significant demands on the individual headteacher/principal particularly where there may be conflict, competing demands and significant resistance both within the school and the wider community. There is a question then about what motivates some headteachers to commit to pursuing social justice and equity in their role and what part their own experiences play in their stance around social justice leadership. This article draws from the case studies conducted in Scotland as part of the Social Justice Leadership research strand of the International School Leadership Development Network (ISLDN). In the ISLDN framework the headteacher is characterized at the micro level. The leadership stories illustrate that this micro level is complex and includes not only the practices of these leaders but their stance, personal and professional experiences and continuing professional learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-52
Number of pages24
JournalResearch in Educational Administration and Leadership
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • social justice leadership
  • headteacher development
  • positionality
  • headteacher
  • leadership stories
  • principal development

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