Power Plays

Power Plays
Because power is a relationship, it always exists in a concrete social context. (Bode et al., 2012, p. 196)

As you know, education leaders have various types of power that can be used to effect change for better or for worse. In the Fowler reading for this module, from Editor: there is no Fowler reading. ISD to ck custom text, and see again below. you read about dimensions of power, the power of actors, power issues, and their relationships to each other. For this Discussion, you will analyze power using a modified version of Coplin and O’Leary’s PRINCE system of power analysis. As you complete the Discussion, consider the potential uses of the PRINCE system of power analysis to help leaders respond effectively and justly to cultural issues involving power. Additionally, consider how the leaders in the media for this module used power to influence change in education.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the case study “Satanism and Witchcraft in the Schools” (Bode et al., 2012, chap. 7). Conduct a PRINCE analysis of the power relationships in the district in this case study, following the analysis protocol explained in the Fowler (2010) reading in this module. Review the media in this module, analyzing how the featured leaders used their power to advance their change initiatives.

In addition to these analyses, reflect on the following questions based on the case study: Did Bob Mathews base his behavior on a faulty analysis of power relationships? Why do you think Bob Mathews did or did not make mistakes in his analysis? In what ways do the second and third dimensions of power probably operate in this district?

By Day 7 of Week 9:

Post your thoughts regarding the approach you would advise Bob Mathews and the majority on the board to use to alter the power relationships so that the conflict could be resolved in an effective and just manner. Cite Learning Resources and your PRINCE analysis to support your recommendations.

By Day 3 of Week 10:

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings. As you read their responses, note those to which you would like to respond with advice, questions, comments, and/or encouragement.

Respond to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in any of the following ways:
•Share how your thoughts and beliefs differ.
•Explain why and how you would approach the resolution differently.
•Validate an idea with your own experience.
•Expand on your colleague’s posting.

By Day 7 of Week 10:

Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial posting. Post responses as needed to those colleagues who commented on your post AND post a reflective comment on what you learned in this activity and/or insights you gained this week.

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