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by Deborah Walker,Diane P. Zimmerman,Joanne E. Cooper,Morgan Dale Lambert,Mary E. Gardner,Margaret Szabo,Linda Lambert

Since the publication of the first edition in 1995, The Constructivist Leader has provided educational leaders at all levels with a conceptual framework for leadership defined as reciprocal, purposeful learning in community. Today, learning communities based on constructivist principles are a major part of the school improvement landscape.The Second Edition of this best-selling book enables readers to carry this constructivist vision and purpose forward, while effectively implementing standards-based reform, authentic assessment, and constructivist-based accountability.

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An expanded theory of Constructivist Leadership based on a thorough examination of the most recent thinking in leadership, learning, and ethical communities. A comprehensive approach to issues of equity, diversity, and multiculturalism.Additional strategies and approaches for the implementation of constructivist leadership practice.Principles and examples to guide new approaches to accountability.New school and district stories of successful implementation of constructivist leadership.A deeper focus on the district's role in influencing policy at state and national levels and in protecting schools and classrooms from the negative impact of unwise policies and mandates.A new framework for the preparation of educational leaders.
Download The Constructivist Leader epub
ISBN: 0807742546
ISBN13: 978-0807742549
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Deborah Walker,Diane P. Zimmerman,Joanne E. Cooper,Morgan Dale Lambert,Mary E. Gardner,Margaret Szabo,Linda Lambert
Language: English
Publisher: Teachers College Press; 2 edition (August 2, 2002)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1174 kb
FB2 size: 1584 kb
Rating: 4.2
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This had many solid points and I like the fact that it has many example of the constructivist theory in use which makes this book more practical for some one who doesn't want to worry about getting to deep into the theory. The only problem with this book is that the theory that is presented is flawed. They completely down play the role of traditional education and present their theory as the opposite to traditional education. This goes against John Dewey's basic theory and makes the fallacy of selective emphasis. This is a great book if you want to practical experience from schools that this method has been used at but if you want theory, you are better off going to the source, John Dewey.
This book essentially examines the dynamics of a learning community within the theoretical framework of constructivism. While the book is dense in theory, it�s clear prose and liberal inclusion of examples and stories make it an accessible and meaningful read. The book�s title may be misleading in that an educational leader, in the constructivist sense, is any educator who seeks school improvement through open, democratic processes. In this sense, the book would seem useful to any organizational development specialist who craves a broader theoretical understanding of the nature of OD, and insight into how groups of educators can build learning communities committed to improving the lives of their stakeholders. The book is complex in its scope and depth, but nonetheless answers a fairly simple question: How does constructivism help us see what humane and effective schools should look like? Lambert and her colleagues weave a fairly cohesive and inspiring narrative of social change within the educational context.
According to the writers, constructivism is a theory of learning derived from the fields of philosophy, psychology, and science. Constructivism in simplest terms posits that learning is the process of reforming what we know, believe and value based on the connections between new and already held knowledge, values and beliefs. In other words, people are in a constant state of learning in order to secure or enhance their existence. In the school context, Lambert defines �Constructivist Leadership� as �the reciprocal processes that enable participants in an educational community to construct meanings that lead toward a common purpose about schooling.� (p.29) These reciprocal processes entail building trust through social and professional relationships, identifying and reconstructing commonly held assumptions and beliefs, building new shared knowledge, and altering individual and group behaviors to create new ways of doing school. In this way, Lambert and her colleagues argue, we begin to see leadership, community, and schools themselves not as roles or physical entities, but as social processes, which require constant tending and development. In a biological sense, individuals are in a constant state of constructing their understanding of the world. In an ecological sense, interdependent groups of individuals must co-construct their understandings in order to create a desired reality. In this way, Lambert�s constructivist view of learning and leadership is in close company with Senge�s view of the learning organization, which strives to move from status quo to a shared ideal of something better.
Theoretically, constructivism owes much Lee Vygotsky�s work on the relationship between language and learning. Not surprisingly then, this book�s core chapters all deal with the role of communication in constructivist leadership. In �Leading the Conversations�, Lambert argues that conversations �are the visible manifestation of constructivist leadership� (p.83). On page 86, she provides a useful �Typology of Conversations� model, which shows that four conversation types (dialogic, inquiring, sustaining, and partnering) contribute to, among other things, collaborative sense-making, remembrance and reflection, sharing and building ideas, and respectful listening. In �The Linguistics of Leadership�, Diane Zimmerman deconstructs the processes of paraphrasing, inquiring, and articulating ideas, and argues that when used in balance they help groups uncover �the unspeakable�, make sense of assumptions and beliefs, and find new patterns and paths to improvement. In �The Role of Narrative and Dialogue in Constructivist Leadership�, Joanne Cooper argues that �stories provide a vision and a desired direction for adults working in schools�� (p.122) Narratives bring to life �tacit knowledge� and in so doing imbue groups with connectivity, and common purpose and vision. In these chapters, we see strong practical and theoretical themes that are consistent with the change work of Fullan, Senge�s work on learning, and the organization work of Schmuck and others.
Constructivism, as an epistemological theory, has a long and broad history in this century. I found this book refreshing for making clear connections between a theory of knowledge and the practices and perspectives relevant to organization development and learning communities.
I consider myself a "natural" leader. In my professional setting people tend to look to me for leadership. I have taken on many leadership roles and succeeded and failed many times over. This book really didn't teach me anything new. For those people who want to be leaders but struggle with your own self esteem, this book could give you some good strategies to become a leader that people will follow.
Used for a course.
I orderd this book and got the wrong edition. I still have yet to recieve the correct one. I emailed the sender and she has not given me the correct one even though I have asked. I am behind in my readings for this class.