Fundamental Concepts of Educational Leadership and Management

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-05
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This text emphasizes an action-research approach that is more eclectic and practical than ideological - compelling readers to think critically about the theoretical underpinnings of current educational practice and motivating them to solve problems using sensible, realistic alterative approaches. In a time of high educational expectations and professional accountability, todayrs"s educational leaders must possess a broad variety of skills that enable them to function comfortably and effectively in changing environments and under highly politicized conditions. The mission ofFundamental Concepts of Educational Leadershipis to foster understanding of this reality among those preparing for administrative and managerial careers in pre-colligate educational institutions and to help them develop the skills necessary for working effectively within those environments.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
The Context of Educational Leadershipp. 1
The Imperative for Education Reformp. 3
Adapting to a Global Societyp. 3
Causes for Concernp. 5
The Education Reform Movementp. 24
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 29
Referencesp. 29
The Power of Systems Thinking for Educational Changep. 31
Conceptualizing Systemsp. 32
Organizational Implications of Systems Thinkingp. 39
Looking toward the Futurep. 43
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 50
Case Studyp. 50
Referencesp. 52
Schools as Organizational Systemsp. 54
Ways of Thinking about Organizationsp. 54
Systems Thinking and Learning Organizationsp. 57
Internal Processes of Organizationsp. 60
Other Characteristics of Organizationsp. 63
Images of Organizationsp. 66
Reflections on Organizational Theory and Practicep. 71
A Fruitful Field for Further Studyp. 72
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 73
Case Studyp. 74
Referencesp. 74
Schools as Learning Organizationsp. 77
Leadership for Learning Organizationsp. 79
Leadership or Managementp. 79
Conceptualizing Leadershipp. 79
Leadership within a Cultural Contextp. 93
Women in Authorityp. 95
Leadership for Sustainable Changep. 97
A New Paradigm for Leadershipp. 99
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 100
Case Studyp. 100
Referencesp. 101
Human Relations: The Base for Educational Leadershipp. 103
The Development of Human Relations Conceptsp. 103
Conceptualizing Human Relations Theoriesp. 105
Theoretical Perspectives of Human Relationsp. 106
Human Naturep. 106
Human Motivationp. 108
Morale in Organizationsp. 115
Informal Organizationsp. 118
Human Relations Theory in Educational Administrationp. 120
Contemporary Issues in Human Relationsp. 125
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 126
Case Studyp. 127
Referencesp. 128
Communication: The Breath of Organizational Lifep. 131
Communications Theoriesp. 131
Theory Genres in Communicationp. 132
Metaphors and Assumptions in Organizational Communicationp. 133
Distinguishing Features of Organizational Communicationp. 134
Factors Affecting Clarity, Credibility, and Directionality of Organizational Messagesp. 136
Types of Message Directionalityp. 139
Other Factors Affecting Organizational Communicationp. 141
Approaches to Organizational Communicationp. 141
Synthesizing Known Principles of Organizational Communicationp. 147
Combining the Metaphorsp. 149
Moving Forward: Potential New Directionsp. 152
Creating Effective Communication in an Organizationp. 153
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 154
Case Studyp. 155
Referencesp. 156
Values, Analysis, and Informationp. 159
The Impact of Personal Values on an Organization's Decision Outcomesp. 161
Philosophical Guides to Leadershipp. 161
Values and Value Systemsp. 164
Inquiry into Educational Issuesp. 178
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 184
Case Studyp. 185
Referencesp. 186
Evaluation in Educationp. 189
Educational Evaluation: A Brief Historyp. 189
Basic Aspects of Educational Evaluationp. 190
Applications of Educational Evaluationp. 194
Standards and Requirements for Educational Evaluationp. 208
Evaluation and Accountabilityp. 210
The Futurep. 214
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 215
Case Studyp. 216
Referencesp. 216
The Role of Information Technologyp. 220
Types of Information Systems and Their Usesp. 221
The Role of Information Technology in Instruction and Learningp. 224
Prototype and Implemented Integrated Information Systems to Manage Individualized Instructionp. 231
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 237
Referencesp. 240
Decision Makingp. 243
Educational Policy Formulation in a Mixed Economyp. 245
Education: A Public and Private Goodp. 246
The Influence of the Marketplace on Public Policyp. 247
Models of Political Decision Makingp. 253
Distinctions between Judicial and Legislative Influence on Educational Policy Formulationp. 271
Impact of Collective Bargaining on Policy Formationp. 272
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 274
Referencesp. 275
District-and School-Based Decision Making: Strategy Formation and Planningp. 278
Decision-Making Modelsp. 278
Strategy Formation and Planning at the District and School Levelsp. 287
School-Based Decision Makingp. 299
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 303
Referencesp. 304
The Allocation of Resources for Education Adequacy, Equity, and Efficiencyp. 307
Equity in the Allocation of Resources to Schoolingp. 307
Defining and Measuring Adequacyp. 316
Promoting High Student Achievement Efficientlyp. 319
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 337
Referencesp. 340
Implementation of Systemic Changep. 345
Systemic Changep. 347
What Is Change?p. 347
Types of Changep. 348
Resistance to Changep. 349
Theoretical Implications of Changep. 351
Strategies for Changep. 352
Models for Planned Change and Their Usep. 355
Leadership and Changep. 356
Change Agentsp. 357
Managing Planned Changep. 360
Decision Makingp. 360
Effecting Educational Changep. 362
Planning for a Changing Future in Educationp. 365
Challenge and Opportunityp. 366
Summary and Fundamental Conceptsp. 367
Case Studyp. 368
Referencesp. 368
Educational Leadership in a Flat Worldp. 371
The Challengep. 371
Responses to the Challengep. 375
Critique of the Reform Effortsp. 378
Systems Theory as a Guide for Education Leadersp. 379
Implications for Persons in Leadership Positions in Educationp. 381
Parting Thoughtsp. 385
Referencesp. 385
Name Indexp. 387
Subject Indexp. 395
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