Building Trust for Better Schools: Research-Based Practices

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Overview

Kochanek links the growth of trust with positive outcomes that benefit schools,such asincreased participation, greater openness to innovations, boosts in parent outreach, and higher academic productivity.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Schneider
"While trust has been shown as a key mechanism for facilitating school improvement, how that can be accomplished is not altogether clear. In this excellent book, Kochanek, through in-depth case studies and sophisticated quantitative analyses of data from a large urban school system, convincingly demonstrates how principal leadership can promote and sustain trust among administrators, teachers, and parents. "
-Barbara Schneider, Professor of Sociology
University of Chicago
Carmen Manning
"Kochanek's book not only clearly explains the theoretical underpinnings of trust development in schools, but also provides rich case studies which explore this theory in action. "
-Carmen Manning, Assistant Professor, English Education
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Barbara Schneider
"While trust has been shown as a key mechanism for facilitating school improvement, how that can be accomplished is not altogether clear. In this excellent book, Kochanek, through in-depth case studies and sophisticated quantitative analyses of data from a large urban school system, convincingly demonstrates how principal leadership can promote and sustain trust among administrators, teachers, and parents. "
-Barbara Schneider, Professor of Sociology University of Chicago
Carmen Manning
"Kochanek's book not only clearly explains the theoretical underpinnings of trust development in schools, but also provides rich case studies which explore this theory in action. "
-Carmen Manning, Assistant Professor, English Education University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412915144
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,146,938
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Reed Kochanek received her Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 2003. She is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Anthony S. Bryk
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Introduction: Making a Case for Trust
Why Is Trust in Schools So Important?
Efficient Schools as Network Organizations
How Is Trust Defined in Schools?
What Do We Know About Building Trust?
Summary
2. Trust Building as a Developmental Process
Setting the Stage for Positive Interactions
Fostering Low-Risk Exchanges
Creating Opportunities for High-Risk Interactions
Illustrating a Model With Case Studies
3. Mac Neil Elementary School: Improving a High-Trust School
The Principal in the Office
New Leadership: The People's Principal
Refining Relationships for Higher Levels of Trust
Summary
4. Mills Elementary School: Starting From a Lack of Trust
A School in Conflict
A Principal Under Siege
Developing Relationships From the Lowest Levels of Trust
Summary
5. Cole Magnet Elementary School: Coming Back to Trust
A Temporary Intrusion
Returning to Normal: The Maintenance Principal
Shared Governance, Facilitated Relationships, and a Lack of Direction
Summary
6. An Examination of Trust Building Through Quantitative Analyses
How Does a Low Base State of Trust Affect the Effectiveness of Trust-Building Strategies?
In Schools With Growing Parent-Teacher Trust, How Does Parent Involvement Vary With the Economic Level of the Parents?
How Important Is a Buffer Between Teachers and Parents in Schools Where Parental Involvement Is Strong?
Does the Growth of Teacher-Principal Trust Lead to a Growth in Teacher-Teacher Trust?
Summary
7. Implementing Trust-Building Strategies in Your School
Which Strategies Are Effective in Building Trust?
Conclusion
Resource A: CCSR Relational Trust Measures
Resource B: Measures of Key Concepts of Trust Building
References
Index

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