TITLE

SENDING FORTH TINY RIPPLES OF HOPE THAT BUILD THE MIGHTIEST OF CURRENTS: UNDERSTANDING HOW TO PREPARE SCHOOL LEADERS TO INTERRUPT OPPRESSIVE SCHOOL PRACTICES

AUTHOR(S)
Boske, Christa
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Planning & Changing;2012, Vol. 43 Issue 1/2, p183
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Despite the dramatic shift in demographics occurring within public schools, there is scarce research connecting issues of diversity and race with the curricula guiding educational leadership preparation programs. In the field of leadership preparation, little information has been offered as to how professors facilitate social justice oriented conversations within their classrooms, particularily conversations focused specifically on race related issues. This article considers concepts the author believes should be included in leadership preparation programs seeking to develop leaders for diverse settings. In studying the outcomes of a course in "justice" which is based on transformational learning experiences centered on issues of social justice, the author uses case studies and pattern mathcing to yield three emergent themes in the students' experiences: increased critical consciousness, deepened empathic responses, and advocacy to activism. Throughout, the author focuses on the question, "how do participants in this program understand what it means to lead for social justice and equity in U.S. public schools?" The article concludes by discussing suggestions that could help contribute to the development of a transformative curriculum for leadership preparation programs.
ACCESSION #
79201308

 

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