Developing a theory of critical forgiveness in educational leadership

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2021-12-07
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Marsh, Tyson E.J.
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Taylor and Francis Group
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The purpose of this paper is to introduce a theory of critical forgiveness, which we define as a cognitive choice or emotional change towards healing relationships after injustice has occurred, while considering the power and privilege of those involved. We suggest that critical forgiveness is especially applicable to research and practice in schools, where relationships are central, and for transformational leadership that seeks to right inequities. Critical forgiveness builds on both critical theory and cross-disciplinary research on forgiveness to offer an alternative framework for restoring justice. That restoration is essential for positive relationships in schools as well as for providing a more equitable learning environment for all students.
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This accepted article is published as Joanne M. Marshall & Tyson E. J. Marsh (2021): Developing a theory of critical forgiveness in educational leadership, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2021.2003893. Posted with permission. copyright 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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spirituality, forgiveness, educational leadership, justice, social jusjtice, critical theory
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