Why strong decision making is important in education
School leaders, including principals and school counselors, face complex and difficult situations on a daily basis. Now add the current context of the pandemic to the mix and it underscores how strong leadership and decision-making skills are essential in dealing with the uncertainty and constant adaptation that schools face. How can these leaders be better equipped to solve these problems?
To find out more, we spoke with Stephanie Chitpin, professor of educational leadership at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, founder of the Equitable leadership network, and author of a new book on decision making in an educational context.
Can you describe your work in educational leadership? How important is this concept in a school setting?
“Ken Leithwood, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, said leadership in schools comes second to important teaching. Therefore, it is a vital aspect of education. Leadership in education takes many forms. Some researchers speak of educational leaders in terms of traits, styles, functions and responsibilities, to name a few. One of the most popular ways to describe educational leaders is in terms of leadership styles such as transactional leadership, transformational leadership, distributed leadership, integrated / shared leadership, etc. ”
“School management is a mark of educational leadership, but it is more about running schools than running schools. I am a leadership teacher. I am looking for important topics for educators in the areas of educational leadership. include decision making, problem solving, organizational behavior, critical rationalism, fallibility, achievement gaps and the like. “
How important is strong leadership and decision making during the pandemic?
“These are very difficult times for education leaders, and they need all the information they have to make the best decisions possible given their own context. It is clear that decision-making in education is not a one-off decision. The leader must consider his context when making decisions so that the positive effects of the decisions made outweigh the negative properties that created the problem (s) in the first place. Therefore, good educational leadership depends on high quality decision making. “
You recently published a book called Understanding Decision Making in Educational Contexts: A Case Study Approach. Can you tell us what it is?
“The book is about how decisions are made in educational settings and how those decisions can be best made by becoming critical in terms of eliminating errors. It is developed in terms of the case study approach. J ‘uses real cases rather than hypothetical scenarios. “
Can you give us an example of a case study discussed in the book?
“For example, a case study discusses the challenges associated with school leaders having to deal with a group of Muslim students who miss class because of the prayer time. This is interesting and relevant to leaders who have a similar situation in their schools. “
Why is this book important to you?
“This book is important because it is not only about strategies learned regarding decision making, it is also a product of my own experiential learning. The book takes new and unusual circumstances, as well as more pedestrian questions in order to develop a panoramic view. regarding educational leadership. “
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