Challenging the boundaries of sameness: Leadership through valuing difference

Allan David WALKER, John WALKER

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Abstract

Argues that school leaders face tensions which result from simultaneous and contradictory influences towards sameness and difference. The tensions which influence leaders can be seen in varying forms at the global, macro-political, policy and school levels. Established ways of working (sameness) continue to dominate school operation and leadership practices. Recommends that government and school leaders deal with these tensions by challenging the sameness underpinning school operation, through valuing and learning from difference within the school community. Suggests challenging sameness in schools can be grounded in valuing and learning from the differences comprising the school community. Copyright © 1998 MCB UP Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-28
JournalJournal of Educational Administration
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Citation

Walker, A., & Walker, J. (1998). Challenging the boundaries of sameness: Leadership through valuing difference. Journal of Educational Administration, 36(1), 8-28. doi: 10.1108/09578239810200060

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