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Making Our Own Minds the Object of our Learning: Three Reasons to Seek Self-knowledge


by Barry Jentz — 2006

In this book, school district leaders do an honest and credible job of describing their struggles with external forces and the surprises, disappointments, and puzzlements that naturally accompany those struggles. In some stories, we also see an internal focus, leaders stepping back to question “the entity”—the mind that engages the world—in an effort to gain a clearer picture of their own behavior, its consequences, and its antecedents. In other stories, however, leaders speak as if they share an unspoken assumption that the superintendent mind is an entity, stable and nonchanging, at once wise and considerate, if sometimes frustrated and perplexed. These superintendents reveal little of their own minds.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 230-238
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18519, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:40:25 AM

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  • Barry Jentz
    Leadership and Learning, Inc.
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    BARRY JENTZ is Co-Partner and Co-Principals of Leadership and Learning, Inc. He is the co-author of three books: Leadership and Learning: Personal Change in a Professional Setting; Entry: the Hiring, Start Up, and Supervision of Administrators; and Success in the New Job. He has been a featured presenter at the Harvard Principals Center and has been a Lecturer for Harvard University's Graduate School of Education since 1977. Barry holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A.T. from Harvard University.
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