Climbing The Himalayas Of School Leadership / Edition 1

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Carol Mullen contends that in today's education climate there exists an urgent call for university faculty to take responsibility for reforming university preparation programs. She uncovers vital information about the needs of the nation's schools that can be reflected in program content and policy reform. Otherwise, the least effective of these programs could be eliminated, as has already occurred in some states. This book should help principal preparation programs that are behind the times to move forward. Such programs can thus be expected to be aligned not only with the expectations of universities, policymaking bodies, and the public, but also with school districts and practicing school leaders. Schoolteachers who aspire to school leadership will also benefit from this book, as Mullen speaks to them directly through the idea of peer administration groups. School practitioners who carry mentoring and evaluative responsibilities will also profit from learning about new school leaders' experiences of socialization, adjustment, and survival, as well as their conceptualizations of what matters for school leaders to know about the job itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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The book is peppered with personal anecdotes that break down the walls confining the 'neutral' observer.
Frances K. Kochan
This book is a powerful expedition into the early career socialization of school leaders, told by those who are making the trek, along with their teacher, and co-learner, Carol Mullen. Dr. Mullen uses metaphor to explore the experiences and juxtaposes the voices of these school leaders with her own voice and that of other researchers. Her ability to weave these elements together brings the reader along as a fellow traveler. The text is not only a practical guide for novice leaders and educational leadership professors, it is also an excellent resource for the theoretician and researcher. It is informative, exciting, and enjoyable—a "must read" for anyone interested in the field of educational leadership.
Earl Lennard
Dr. Mullen thoroughly examines an educational policy issue that should be among the foremost priorities of school districts nationwide—the recruitment, development, and retention of career administrators. Scholarship alone will not suffice. Leadership skills must be developed, and a commitment to public service fostered, as part of a process of continuous improvement that prepares career administrators for the challenges of today and tomorrow. To paraphrase George Mallory, present and future educational leaders should read this book because it deals with educational leadership issues at the most effective level, the school, and is based upon research that involves those that are practitioners in the field.
Fenwick W. English
The reader is asked to break new ground by letting himself/herself get into the metaphorical trekking mindset, moving from the customary passive participant to an interactive fellow hiker. We encounter Sherpa guides, hiking trails, base camps, climbing scaffolds, using a compass, and backpacking tips—all linked to the initial experiences of early administrators coping with their sometimes overwhelming new responsibilities. Indeed, it must look like a huge mountain at times for the beginning school leader for whom the images of summit climbing will be cogent and real. So get ready to do your own intellectual backpacking. Dr. Mullen's cognitive trails, reflections, ruminations, and celebrations leave one with a view from the top that is intense as well as interactive and breathtaking. Well worth the climb!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578861071
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Mullen is an associate professor of leadership studies at the University of South Florida. She specializes in graduate student development, innovative forms of mentorship and collaboration, the process of principal preparation, and exemplary leadership within challenging school contexts. She teaches a variety of master's and doctoral courses, in addition to supervising a large group of dissertation writers within a thriving cohort called the Writers-in-Training (WITS). Mullen has published over 98 journal articles and book chapters, and, as guest editor, 11 special issues of academic journals [most recently, Journal of School Leadership, (ScarecrowEducation), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry]. Additionally, Mullen has published four other books; Breaking the Circle of One: Redefining Mentorship in the Lives and Writings of Educators ["Exemplary Research in Teacher Education Award" winner, from the American Educational Research Association (Division K) in 1998], New Directions in Mentoring: Creating a Culture of Synergy, The Postmodern Educator: Arts-Based Inquiries and Teacher Development, and Imprisoned Selves: An Inquiry into Prisons and Academe. Dr. Mullen is recipient of the 2005 Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (FASCD) Excellence Award. The category in which she was recognized is Excellence in Instructional Supervision.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 List of Figures and Tables Part 2 Acknowledgments and Credits Part 3 Foreword Part 4 Preface: How This Summit Began Part 5 Part 1: Mountaintop View of This Research Travelogue through High-Power Binoculars Chapter 6 1. Trekkers: Travelogue Benefits and Landscape Features Chapter 7 2. Perspectives: Backpacking with Binocular Vision Chapter 8 3. Orientations: Creating the Course at Base Camp Chapter 9 4. Snapshot: Research Travelogue Summary Chapter 10 5. Outcomes: Topographic Research Patterns Chapter 11 6. Knapsack: What to Pack for Your Virtual Trek Part 12 Part 2: What Practicing School Leaders Say about Their First Administrative Trek and Then Some Chapter 13 7. Mountaineering Boots: Conditioning Preparation Chapter 14 8. Map: Inventory Survey Chapter 15 9. Compass: Direction Indicator Chapter 16 10. Swiss Army Knife: Basic Know-How Chapter 17 11. Rope: Mountaineering Scaffolds Chapter 18 12. Journal: Emotional Expression Chapter 19 13. First-Aid Kit: Coping Skills Chapter 20 14. Ax: Accountability Climate Chapter 21 15. Tarp: Real-World Experience Chapter 22 16. Lantern: Knowledge Source Chapter 23 Part 3: Climbing the Summit Using Signposts, Signal Flares, and Backpacking Tips Chapter 24 17. Charting a Trail That Traverses the Summit Part 25 Epilogue: Leaving Footprints on Everest Part 26 Appendix A: School Leadership Expedition Glossary Part 27 Appendix B: Annotated Bibliography on Early Career Socialization Part 28 Appendix C: Survey Questions for Early Career Administrators Part 29 Appendix D: Matrix Results of Administrator Survey for All Florida Counties Part 30 Appendix E: Focus Group Questions for Early Career Administrators Part 31 Appendix F: Focus Group Workshop Evaluation Form Part 32 Appendix G: Application of Florida School District Structure to Study Part 33 References Part 34 Index Part 35 About the Author

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