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Educational Leadership as Critical Practice

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Critical practice; Critical scholarship; Educational leadership; Social interaction; Theory/practice divide

Introduction

The aim of this entry is to introduce the turn to practice in the social sciences that has occurred in recent years and examine how and why this turn has been taken up by scholars in the field of educational leadership. This entry outlines major trends in emergent scholarship which adopt a “critical” approach to educational leadership as a form of practice, that is, one which embraces an explicitly political, humanistic, and transformative agenda in its theorization of practice. It examines the different approaches to theorizing educational leadership as practice drawing on recent developments in practice theory and philosophy that have emerged in the field as a result of this turn, including practice scholars such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and Theodore Schatzki. This entry summarizes the key contributions that a critical practice approach has...

Keywords

  • Social World
  • Transformational Leader
  • Educational Leadership
  • External Social Structure
  • Leadership Practice

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Wilkinson, J. (2015). Educational Leadership as Critical Practice. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_245-1

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