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dc.contributor.supervisor Wallin, Dawn (Education) en_US
dc.contributor.author Fullan Kolton, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-01T16:31:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-01T16:31:51Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/18311
dc.description.abstract Using a critically oriented qualitative interpretivist approach, this research describes how principals conceptualize social justice and social justice dilemmas and how these understandings influence their practices. Focusing on the context of social justice from the perspective of two participant groups of five principals each from public and Catholic schools in a large urban centre in Western Canada, reflective discussions of professional practice occured through two semi-structured qualitative interviews with each participant and a series of three group dialogue sessions. This research is framed within the theories of social constructivism and situated learning as well as the concepts of educational leadership theory, social justice in education, identity and agency of school leaders, and reflective practice. As a contribution to a growing research base, this study offers a process for principals to explore social justice within the complexities and tensions of the dilemmas and decision-making of their practice. Discourse and dilemma analysis were used to render the findings from this study, which highlight normative practices of school leaders as manifested in individual actions focused on relationships and positional agency. However, this conceptualization obscures the power of historical, cultural, and ideological authority that is unconsciously replicated in the norms of schooling. Furthermore, principals see social justice within their own actions but do not connect it with activist aspirations to challenge social inequities. There are theory, practice, professional development, and research implications of this study which emphasize the need for a hybrid model of individual and collective leadership for social justice, hinged on collective curiosity, knowledge building, equity discourses, open cultures, and change visions to challenge the norms and politicization of schools as status-quo enhancing institutions. en_US
dc.subject dilemma en_US
dc.subject social justice en_US
dc.title Understanding social justice in education: exploring the concept with principals through dilemma analysis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Education en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Morin, Francine (Education) Rounce, Andrea (Political Studies) Ryan, James (University of Toronto) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note May 2013 en_US


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