As schools adjust to the expectations of the twenty-first century, not only has there has been a call for new conceptions of leadership and leadership preparation (Bezzina, 2012; Caldwell & Spinks, 2013; Dempster et al., 2011; Levin, 2013; Macpherson, 2009; Schleicher, 2012 in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.559) but the expectations for today’s school leaders have never been more ambitious (Robinson, 2011, in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.558). The call is for leaders who are instructional leaders who can promote better academic outcomes for students, who also have a capacity to build and sustain transformational cultures (Day & Sammons, 2013; Hattie, 2009; Robinson et al., 2009 in McCulla & Degenhardt, 2016, p.559).
This article is part of a three-part series on storytelling.
Augustine argued that human beings are story-shaped people, stretched between what ought to be and what will be. What is it about a story that is so powerful?
The aim of this and the future articles is to draw to attention the current research on moral or character development and to suggest that one powerful tool we can use in our classrooms as we seek to help our students develop a moral character based on Biblical truth is story telling. The first article looks at ‘the why’ of storytelling, the second article discusses the research of the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt who looks at where moral responses in a person come from – the head or the heart – and gives some insights into ‘the how’ of developing moral character. The third article outlines the successful use of story in graduate and post-graduate classes to engage students in ethical debate and decision making but to also challenge and change values.
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During her recent visit to Australia, Dr Elizabeth Green of Cardus Canada, spoke to EdComm’s Agora forum about measuring the impact of the Christian ethos in our schools.