ZARZĄDZANIE PUBLICZNE 4/2008 Zeszyty Naukowe Instytutu Spraw Publicznych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego CONVERSATIONS, DIALOG AND DELIBERATION: LEADERS MOVING TOWARDS THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF SCHOOL REFORM

Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz, John Fischer
unpublished
In the long tradition of conversation, deliberation and dialog around education many critical questions are connected with its development, change and maintenance. All participants in the discussion usually experience sensations arising from being able to see the importance of the issues discussed and, at the same time, suffering from a significant lack of ability to create simple, and easy to implement solutions. The participants in the conference which generated the products shared in this
more » ... s shared in this journal followed the beaten path. Again we agreed on the importance of education and we could not offer ready to use solutions, but, through deep conversation and verbal inquiry, we clearly understood the connections between school (and we hope education that is secured inside it) and the external world. We decided that there are three critical concepts possible to extract from our presentations and arguments, essential to the whole discussion about schools. First: democracy (or rather conditions of operating for democratic society, thereby enabling a democratic education), the second concept: cooperation and communication (or rather conditions that create a framework for all 1 This work emerged over the course of the conference, Re/forming Education: Linking Schools, Universities and Communities for Democratic School Reform. During sessions held as part of the conference, participants were asked to engage in dialog about the issues presented. These dialog sessions, held most often in small groups, included note taking and group writing. As a result, this piece is the product of the multiple voices (Superintendent, Principal, Professor, Non-governmental Organizations) present during the conference. While the piece in no way reflects the complete thoughts of one individual, it does share some of the essence of the deliberation that occurred. Publikacja objęta jest prawem autorskim. Wszelkie prawa zastrzeżone. Kopiowanie i rozpowszechnianie zabronione €€€€€ €€€ €€€€€€€€€€€€€€ €€€ €€€ €€€€€€ @@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@
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