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The Lifecycle of Trust in Education

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The Lifecycle of Trust in Education

Leaders as Moral Agents

9781800371316 Edward Elgar Publishing
Benjamin Kutsyuruba, Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, and School Law, Faculty of Education, Queen's University and Keith D. Walker, Professor, Department of Educational Administration, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 131 6 Extent: c 256 pp
Understanding the dynamics of trust is an imperative undertaking for educational leaders. In this book, using an ecological perspective of the lifecycle, the authors situate trust as an essential ingredient of school leaders’ moral agency and ethical decision making. Based in their 15 years of research on trust in education, the authors describe the nature and dimensions of trust, its importance and imperative, and its fragility and usefulness for school leaders, positioning them as trust brokers in school organizations.

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Understanding the dynamics of trust is an imperative undertaking for educational leaders. In this book, using an ecological perspective of the lifecycle, the authors situate trust as an essential ingredient of school leaders’ moral agency and ethical decision making.

Based in their 15 years of research on trust in education, the authors describe the nature and dimensions of trust, its importance and imperative, and its fragility and usefulness for school leaders, positioning them as trust brokers in school organizations. The book offers a detailed description of trust’s lifecycle stages, namely establishing, maintaining, sustaining, breaking, and restoring, as pertinent to educational settings. It discusses leaders' trust brokering in relation to social capital and psychological contract and interconnected hosting virtues of compassion, hope, and trust. The authors conclude with the role of maturing vision of moral agency, the subjective and objective responsibilities of educational leaders, and the necessary ethical commitments and courage to enact transformative practices in order to provide trustworthy leadership.

With its theoretical and empirical basis, this book is an excellent resource for scholars in the fields of education, business, and leadership. It is also a valuable resource as required or supplementary reading for graduate courses in educational administration, leadership, and policy studies. Practitioners in these areas will find valuable insights that they can incorporate into their work.
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‘The Lifecycle of Trust in Education offers comprehensive coverage of leadership and trust that spans classic and contemporary approaches. The book takes leaders on a critical journey through the meanings, shape, and applicability of the ecology and brokering of trust, moral agency, and successful leadership. A must read for those with a vested interest in education.’
– Anthony H. Normore, California State University Dominguez Hills, US


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