Changing Hats: Incorporating Transactional, Transformational and Complexivist Leadership Styles into 21st Century Classrooms

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“Organizing [a] new learning model is the work of the 21st century" (Cookson, 2009, p.15). This is the challenge we are currently faced with as educators. Recent academic discourse has critiqued our current education system, claiming that we are left with the legacy of the industrial age which is “characterized by conformity, age cohorts, bells ringing to summon mass migrations and segregation of skills [that were] necessary for the workforce at that time” (We are the People, n.d.). This is a system that is no longer a ‘best fit’ situation for our students. Children who enter kindergarten this September will be retiring in 2070 (Cookson, 2009). In contemporary society, we do not know what specific skills children will need in the…show more content…
21st Century Learning “It is the job of education to help kids make sense of the world they’re going to live in” and yet we do not know what our world will look like ten years from now (Azzam, 2009, p.24). “The challenges we currently face are without precedent” (Azzam, 2009, p.24). Advances in technology have changed the way we communicate with others and have provided new methods in which we can engage in learning (Azzam, 2009). “A new electronic learning environment is replacing the linear, text-bound culture of conventional schools” (Cookson, 2009, p.12). There have never been more people living on our planet and this has created an ever increasing strain on our natural resources (Azzam, 2009). Consequently, it is necessary for our 21st century students to learn to “manage the complexity and diversity of our world by becoming more fluid, more flexible, more focused on reality, and radically more innovative” (Cookson, 2009, p.10). Sir Ken Robinson argues that it is necessary for teachers to teach for creativity, “where the pedagogy is designed to encourage other people to think creatively” (Azzam, 2009, p.26). This involves encouraging students to experiment as well as giving them opportunities to innovate (Azzam, 2009). Teachers need to teach in such a way as provide “the tools they need to find out

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