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Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice

New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society

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Dialogue as socially just communication

Jeremy Kedian

Keywords : Social justice; dialogue; communication for social justice; communication coaching and mentoring; communication for learning; effective communication for leading/leadership

Citation Information : Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 39-50, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/jelpp-2015-005

License : (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Published Online: 21-April-2019



Today’s school leaders seemingly face an ever-increasing array of competing demands and challenges. They are expected to be innovative, transformational and expert while, at the same time, sharing many of the leadership processes, acting in ways that are ethical and socially just, and being highly consultative (Senge, 1994; Stoll, Fink, & Earl, 2003; West-Burnham & Coates, 2006). Together, these expectations place the building of effective interpersonal relationships at the heart of leadership and, thereby, raise the primacy of pervasive communication as an essential aspect of leadership. Thus, this article focuses on dialogue as a form of communication befitting the requirements of contemporary school leadership. It argues that dialogue contributes to a form of communal professionalism in which there is a reduction in barriers between school principals, other leaders, teaching staff, parents in schools, and students. It is in this respect, it is argued, that dialogue is able to automatically promote school leadership practices that effectively address equality and social justice concerns.

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