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School of Education Professors Contribute to Groundbreaking New Book


Pioneering Work on Approaches to Educational Leadership and Practice to be Celebrated at February 22 Book Launch

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Peterborough

A book launch will be held at Titles Bookstore on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the contributions of six current and former professors of Trent University’s School of Education and Professional Learning to a groundbreaking new book entitled Approaches to Educational Leadership and Practice.

Approaches to Educational Leadership and Practice is a compilation of works from a broad range of thinkers within educational studies. The eclectic mix of topics – ranging from bargaining rights for substitute teachers to the exploration of deviance in high school dropouts, from proposing a medical model of health as a metaphor for healthy institutions to a critique of the business model of educational administration – are held together by a common concern for the current focus and future direction of educational leadership.

The contributors from Trent are: Sybil Wilson, former director of Trent’s School of Education, and Professors Tatiana Gounko, Luigi Iannacci, Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, William Smale, and Kelly Young.

The underlying intent of compiling this volume is to challenge contemporary practice in educational leadership, and to provide a basis for discussing the need to change how we train those people who lead and shape our schools. Each chapter provides a self-contained analysis, and sometimes a re-visioning of the way we administer education. The book aims to bring attention to different approaches within educational leadership and practice, approaches that offer the possibility of beneficially changing how we relate to people, cultures, and the environment through changing the way we educate.


Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the book launch. Titles Bookstore is located at 379 George Street North, Peterborough.

For further information, please contact:
William Smale, School of Education and Professional Learning, (705) 748-1011 x7513;
Kelly Young, School of Education and Professional Learning, (705) 748-1011 x7514