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Dr. Zorka Karanxha
Dr. Zorka Karanxha received her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. She has previously worked as a teacher at the middle and high school level. Dr. Karanxha teaches graduate courses that focus on educational leadership, ethical leadership, social justice leadership, equity, change and organizational theory. Her educational philosophy is influenced by John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Nel Noddings, Paulo Freire, and Jack Mezirow.
Dr. Karanxha’s research and scholarship is influenced by critical theory. Questions such as: Who makes the laws? Who benefits from the law, rule, or policy? Who has the power? Who are the silenced voices? are fundamental concerns of her work. Dr. Karanxha explores these issues in her research, teaching and service. Dr. Karanxha looks for the perspectives and experiences of the least powerful whose voices would otherwise be silent. Dr. Karanxha’s major research interests include leadership preparation, and policy issues in education (education law and school choice with specific interest on charter schools). Dr. Karanxha complements critical theory with a critical social justice advocacy approach. Dr. Karanxha has presented her work at the American Education Research Association, University Council of Educational Administration, Education Law Association. Her publications include a co-authored book, book chapters, and articles in Action in Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Leadership Education, and Journal of School Leadership.
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