Case Studies on Educational Administration / Edition 6

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Overview

A collection of case studies for prospective school administrators that emphasizes problem solving, decision-making, and effective management.

Based on the conviction that effective practice in school administration requires both leadership and management, this text provides a mix of problems that require administrative decisions as presented in 24 open-ended case studies. In today’s reform-minded, information-based society, practitioners must be able to frame problems correctly and then make effective decisions to ameliorate them. As leaders, district and school-level administrators are expected to focus on what should be done to improve schools; as managers, they are expected to focus on how to do things successfully. The cases in this book are designed to make students think about common problems of practice by encouraging them to bridge theory and practice. Each case provides an active form of learning, allowing students to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge to common problem situations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kowalski (educational administration, U. of Dayton, Ohio) uses 24 case studies to train the reader in the issues and dilemmas that face an administrator. The case studies are grouped by topic<-->such as lounge talk, using committees to make key decisions, the principal changes some valued rules, and different perceptions of effective teaching<-->and, following background on the topic, the case study is laid out in detail, with the end result suppressed and replaced by a list of key issues and questions to provoke thought and discussion in the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137071302
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 70,645
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore J. Kowalski holds the Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration, an endowed professorship at the University of Dayton. A former school superintendent, he previously taught at Purdue University, Saint Louis University, and Ball State University, where he also served as dean of the Teachers College. Professor Kowalski is the author or co-author of 18 books and over 135 book chapters and journal articles. He has published in leading journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Phi Delta Kappan, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and Planning and Changing. He also is editor of the Journal of School Public Relations and serves on the editorial boards of two other professional journals.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Matrix

Introduction

1 Who Needs Lesson Plans?

2 Who Should Create the School’s Vision?

3 A Bully’s Threat

4 Lounge Talk

5 The Career Center’s Revolving Door

6 Let the Committee Decide

7 Old School Culture and a New Principal

8 School Improvement through Better Grading Practices

9 Sally’s Socialization

10 A Matter of Honor

11 Individualizing Staff Development

12 Break the Rules and Pay the Price

13 An Ambitious Assistant Principal

14 Let’s Get Strategic

15 Even on Saturdays

16 Appropriate Punishment versus Political Expediency

17 The Passive Principal

18 A Disillusioned Assistant Principal

19 Who Needs Career-Technical Education?

20 Illegal Drugs, In-School Suspension, and the Novice Principal

21 Let’s Not Rap

22 Is the Devil Teaching Spelling?

23 The Dark Side of Decentralization

24 The Maverick School Board Member

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