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Topics: Leadership, Management / Pages: 12 (2814 words) / Published: Sep 26th, 2013
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Doctoral Seminar: Educational Leadership Practices I

My Leadership Philosophy as of November 2000

Dr. David W. Cox

Arkansas State University

November 30, 2000

My previous leadership philosophy was rooted in what had been my overall educational philosophy. Over the past few years, I have developed a philosophy of teaching that carries over into my philosophy with regard to leadership. I believed that we should be teaching our students the basics or essentials necessary in order to maintain a job in today 's workforce. I also believed that we should take advantage of technology available today; this technology could be used to facilitate the teaching of essential skills through structured programs.

My philosophy has changed over the past several months as a result of the information I have been exposed to thus far in the doctorate program at Arkansas State University. While I believe there are essential skills that are important for students to learn, I think students can benefit greatly from participative learning in which partnership and collaboration are stressed over individuality and competition. For example, when a student is involved in making decisions about how learning will take place, that student will be more likely to take ownership in the learning. I am not advocating that schools let students determine exactly what they are to learn or when they will learn it. I believe that students need to be introduced to specific materials, but letting the student have a voice in how the learning is to take place may make both the teacher and the learner more successful.

I believe technology is a tool that can be used to enhance student learning, and I believe this learning can take place in the absence of competition and isolation. For example, there are now ways to communicate extensively with fellow students while taking an online course. For some, the online course setting encourages



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