Evaluating Social Justice Leadership Preparation

Authored by: Mónica Byrne-Jiménez , Margaret Terry Orr

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415657457
eBook ISBN: 9780203076934
Adobe ISBN: 9781135128432


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According to Sturman (1998), social justice is “an intricate mixture of moral and political views” (p. xi) which is inexorably linked to broader discussions of education, schooling, leadership and, for our purposes, preparation. The role of education in our society is a source of considerable debate and skepticism ranging from the great equalizer to an objective system of meritocracy to the foundation of American global strength. As conceptualizations of education have changed in response to shifting demographics, learning theory, and politics, the subsequent approaches to social justice have swung from issues of access (i.e. desegregation, multicultural education) to issues of outcomes (i.e., achievement gap, Race to the Top) and back (i.e., charter schools, vouchers) again (for historical reviews see Brooks & Miles, 2008; Karpinski & Lugg, 2006; Riehl, 2000).

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