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A Constructivist Lens on Leadership Studies

Designing a leadership studies program is assisted when scholars borrow from constructivist strategies

Sean Horrigan

on 20 December 2010

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Transcript of A Constructivist Lens on Leadership Studies

Constructivism & Leadership Studies
Sean Horrigan
LEAD 602 A Constructivist Lens A Constructivist View of Leadership Constructivist Strategies for Designing a Leadership Studies Program Decisions about what to include in a leadership studies program curriculum can be facilitated when leadership scholars borrow from strategies used by constructivist scholars for making decisions about the relative worth of curriculum ideas and theories. Thesis A growing field
Diverse academic settings
No general theory... yet
How do scholars make programmtic descions? Knowledge is not discovered but constructed

Humans interpret meaning through their social, political, legal, and other interactions (Ospina & Sorenson, 2007)

Ideas cannot be judged on empirical evidence

Rather there is a more instrumental criterian; they ask, which theory is the most useful for accomplishing particular purposes What is learned is actually constructed over-time as a result of a shared experience rooted in a particular culture and context I. Evaluating the General Usefulness of Leadership Theory

II. Leadership as Relational and a Group-Wide Process

III. Leadership is Rooted in Context and Culture Understanding our Schemata Program Goals and Outcomes Pedagogy... Definitions Values Institutional
Mission Academic
Discipline ...must view leadership as a dynamic and ongoing undertaking

...must teach students to engage with an emerging process Lifelong Learning Reflection-in-action Reflect on the knowledge that is implicit in our understanding

Knowledge is surfaced, criticized, restructured, and embodied in further actions

Allows us to experience the uncertain and unique nature of a problem Leadership Curriculum Situational and contingency theories
Systems Thinking
Concepts of collaboration, dialogue, and group development
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