A Call to Praxis: Using Gendered Organizational Theory to Center Radical Hope in Schools

Kathryn Fishman-Weaver

Abstract


While organizational theory is a helpful analytical framework for educational leadership, it has a key depth problem—the absence of feminist voices.  Some scholars have responded to this problem by gendering organizational theory.  This scholarship offers an important, albeit still seldom used, reference for educational leadership. Teasing gendered organizational theories apart through three distinct feminist lenses (liberal, radical, and postmodern) offers nuanced practical possibilities for school leadership. As a call to praxis, this paper proposes a new framework for equitable, hope-based decision making in schools. This model uses gendered organizational theory to imagine more equitable schools and districts


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organizational theory; gender; feminism; PK-12 schools; leadership

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