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Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools


reviewed by Ira E. Bogotch October 28, 2009

coverTitle: Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools
Author(s): Eleanor (Ellie) Drago-Severson
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412950724, Pages: 368, Year: 2009
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Educational leaders have “theories” of adult learning even if they are not articulated (Hawley, 1989).  Adult learning and educational leadership are natural partners in the many managerial tasks surrounding instructional leadership, mentoring programs, professional development sessions, personnel decisions, and the implementation of new programs. Everything that educational leaders do involves learning – thus making adult learning theory a necessary component of good educational leadership practices.  No book I have read makes this case better or stronger than Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in our Schools by Ellie Drago-Severson.  I’m certainly not alone in this opinion. To quote one of the book’s advanced testimonials: The astounding range of material in this book begins to integrate elements of leadership and adult learning I have not yet seen adequately included and developed in any one book. (Ackerman, n.d.) Professor Drago-Severson successfully marries research with professional development activities in terms of both process... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 28, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15815, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:11:07 AM

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  • Ira Bogotch
    Florida Atlantic University
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    IRA BOGOTCH has been teaching educational leadership for the past two decades. His research interests have varied from the school principal, central office relationships, contexts of urban schooling to issues of social justice, the history of public educational leadership, and school reforms. Ira currently serves as the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Leadership in Education and is on the editorial boards of Urban Education and The Professional Educator. In 2008, Ira co-authored a book titled Radicalizing Educational Leadership: Dimensions of Social Justice and co-edited a book titled The Elusive What and the Problematic How: The Essential Leadership Questions for School Leaders and Educational Researchers, both published by Sense in The Netherlands.
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