chapter  5
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Critical Theory Epistemology

WithColleen A. Capper

This chapter identifies key principles and assumptions of critical theory, and all these principles and assumptions inform leadership, change, and decision-making. Critical theory tenets include a concern for suffering and oppression, a critical view of education, reuniting facts and values with a goal of social justice, an emphasis on power between the oppressor and the oppressed, disrupting power via communication and dialogue, praxis, and leadership as a political act. From critical theory, the goal of education focuses on social justice and equity. Curriculum and instruction emphasizes learning about the history of oppression and continued oppression globally and in the United States to develop students' critical consciousness, knowledge, and skills to work against oppression for the rest of their lives. Critical theory in educational leadership forms the theoretical and epistemological basis for the social justice movement in educational leadership. Educators engaged in critical theory epistemology then work to "give voice to the voiceless" in their work with oppressed persons.