Educational Leadership : A Bridge to Improved Practice

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-20
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This text supports improved practice in educational administration that results in greater student learning in American schools. In this way, it is much more than an outstanding leadership theory and research text; it is also a highly usable, practical guide. This text improves the knowledge and practice of our future leaders by focusing on present conditions, operations, new directions, and best practices in American schools. This text successfully makes the important theory-to-practice transitions in a clearly written, fun to read format, with lots of hands on activities to draw students into the important content. The title of the text was changed in this new edition to reflect this important emphasis on its ability to improve educational practice. It is a must for any one serious about becoming an educational leader for American schools.

Table of Contents

Administrative Theory, Values Clarification, and Leadership Responsibility
FlemSnopes High School: A New Administrative Team
Educational Leadership
Human Capital and the Accumulated Knowledge Base
Administrative Process and Knowledge
Philosophical Frames and Epistemological Influences
Paradigms and the Scientific-Rational Approach
Political, Critical, and Constructivist Frames of Reference
Critical-Contextual, Gender, and Race
Postmodernism, Poststructuralism
Grounding Moral Educational Leadership in the Intrinsically Moral Enterprise of Learning
Ethical Models
The Ethic of Caring
The Ethic of Justice
The Ethic of Critique
Foundations of Ethical Behavior: Standards for Good Practice
Codes of Ethics
Administrative Platforms
The Knowledge Base in Educational Administration
The Knowledge Base in Educational Administration
Portfolio Artifacts
Suggested Readings
Context and Perspective for Educational Leaders
NanuckMiddle School: Understanding the Context
Contextual Knowledge
Broad, Complex Context
Federal Turning-Points
Education Origins
Land Grant
National Defense
Equal Educational Opportunity
World Class Economic Competitiveness and Support1980 to Present
Establishing National Goals
Thoughts for Leaders of Educational Institutions in Transition
The 1990s and Beyond
No Child Left Behind
New Technological Demands
State Roles and Responses
Equity and Social Justice
Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
Portfolio Artifacts
Suggested Readings
School Reform
ScrivnerMiddle School: Reform at Scrivner
Leading Innovative Schools
The Context for School Reform
Finding New Directions
Common Themes in a Changing World
Innovative Programs
Other Innovative Models and Their Benefits
A Framework for School Improvement
Harnessing Technology
Technology Opens New Opportunities
Administrative Applications
Wilson Elementary School District: Five Steps to a Successful Technology Program
The Leadership Challenge
Portfolio Artifacts
Suggested Readings
Diversity and Community Relations
OakesHigh School: Cultures Clash in Fairhaven
Diversity in Schools
Socioeconomic Status and Social Class
U.S. Population Demographics
Cultural Identity
Cultural Transitions
Sexual Identity
Prejudice and
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