Needed: 21st century educational leaders for 21st century challenges

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Crowther, Frank. 2007. "Needed: 21st century educational leaders for 21st century challenges." Professional Voice . 5 (1), pp. 43-48.
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Needed: 21st century educational leaders for 21st century challenges

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AuthorCrowther, Frank
Journal TitleProfessional Voice
Journal Citation5 (1), pp. 43-48
Number of Pages6
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://aeu-vic.labor.net.au/professional/files/PV_Vol5_Iss1_9Crowther.pdf
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Leadership, reduced to its barest essentials, is about the exercise of influence to bring about change, preferably improvement, in people's lives. The need for concerted educational leadership in Australia is greater in 2007 than it has been for several decades - but so is the opportunity. There are two reasons for this: (1) there exists across the Australian educational landscape a growing mindset that the quality of school outcomes is shaped significantly by factors other than socioeconomic-cultural considerations, and can be heightened if particular school-based variables are supported and encouraged. (2) With a federal election looming, the major political parties have developed and articulated highly focused educational proposals. Herein lies a truly unique and compelling challenge for Australian educators who would call themselves leaders and who aspire to exercise influence for the betterment of their communities and nation: to accept that there is merit in each of the major education proposals that are being asserted by the major political parties and to develop educational responses to them, both singly and through aggregation. The 2007 federal election has brought into focus unique educational challenges. It requires leadership that is grounded in new forms of intellectualism, moral courage and professional relationships.

Keywordseducational finance; educational leadership; educational policy; leaders; leadership responsibility; merit pay; political parties; school based assessment; teacher salaries; teacher supply and demand; teaching profession; primary secondary education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
350711. Organisational planning and management
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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