Social Justice Leadership in Education in the Axis of the Chaos Theory Does Social Justice Arise From Chaos? Social Justice Leadership with Chaos Approach in Educational Organizations

  • İlknur Şentürk
  • Gökhan Kılıçoğlu
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


When the times that we live in witnesses unprecedented rapid changes and transformation compared to previous historical eras and processes. This process could reveal various opportunities and benefits for individuals and organizations, but it could also reveal an environment in which inequalities and injustice increase with unexpected and shocking consequences. Especially when educational organizations and the actors in these organizations are concerned, these rapid and sudden changes and could trigger rises and falls in these organizations and individuals, a school or individual that has been successful or advantageous in the past could find itself in a disadvantaged position. On the other hand, the opposite could also occur and a school or individual considered in a disadvantageous position could find itself in a totally different point in a short period of time as a result of a sudden change. Chaotic processes that could result from change and transformation could increase inequalities between the students and the employees in the educational organizations, reduce diversity and differences and prepare an unfair atmosphere. It is therefore expected of the education leaders to adapt the schools to environmental and competitive conditions in a constantly changing chaotic world, as well as to administer the schools to preserve it from the uncertainties, complexities and chaos that might arise as a result of sudden changes or unanticipated events and to maintain the school effectively and in social justice. Otherwise, alienation from the management of these uncertainties, risks and crises that education organizations might encounter, and a management style without social justice would make it difficult for schools to sustain their organizational development and to fulfill their institutional objectives. At this juncture, education leaders need to be ready for the chaos process as an actor with knowledge on main elements and characteristics of the chaos process and equipped with social justice leadership characteristics and proficiencies. Thus, this chapter will focus on the chaos theory, foundations, characteristics and elements of this theory, its reflections on education and education management, and the role of social justice leadership skills of education organization leaders in chaos management.


Chaos Complexity Social justice leadership Educational organizations 


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