Contemporary School Administration: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Kowalski (U. of Dayton) provides students beginning their study of school administration with a broad overview of the field as a specialized area of study and as an applied field of professional practice. Reflecting the many changes which have occurred in education and school administration since publication of the first edition in 1993, the second edition gives increased attention to career considerations, includes a new chapter on private schools, identifies and analyzes trends affecting contemporary practice, and contains new material on such topics as decision making, communication, school reform and school change. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205347926
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Implications for Practice.”

1. Perspective of Educational Administration.

Defining Leadership, Management, and Administration.

Evolution of School Administration.

Contemporary Conditions.

2. Administration Roles in Professional Education.

School Administration as a Profession.

Nature of Administrative Work.

School-Level Administration.

District-Level Administration.

Other Careers in School Administration.

3. The Study of School Administration.

Professional Preparation Programs.

Professional Preparation Components.

Preparing Administrators in the 21st Century.

4. School Administration: Requirements and Opportunities.

Licensing and Certification.

Quality of Life Considerations.

Contemporary Opportunities.

5. Control and Authority in Public Education.

Government's Interest in Education.

Interests in Colonial America.

Evolving Purposes.

Environmental Influences.

Purposes and Control.

Federal Government's Role.

Sources of Intervention.

Federal Government's Present Role.

State Government's Role.




State Government's Present Role.

Local School Districts.

Local District Boards.

District Superintendent.

Present Status of Local Districts.

Intermediate School Districts.

6. Social, Political and Historical Context of Private Education.

Historical Overview.

Types of Private Schools.

Parochial Schools.

Other Private Schools.

Home Schooling.

Status of Private Education in the United States.

Resurgence of Interest in Private Education.

Types of Private Schools.

Governance and Control of Private Schools.

Political and Legal Issues.

Regulation of Private Schools.

Governmental Aid to Private Schools.

Legal Issues.

7. Organizational Dimensions of Schools.

Defining Organizations and Organizational Behavior.

Important Concepts.

Organizational Theory.

Professional Organizations.

Organizational Climate.


Organizational Adaptability.

Schools as Organizations.

Social Frame.

Professional Frame.

Political Frame.

Public Frame.

Contemporary Context for Schools.

Preparing Schools for Change.

Building Professional Cultures.

8. The Roles of School in Society.

Schools as a Mirror of Society.

Conflicting Values and Purposes.

Goals Versus Purposes.

9. Administrative Strategies and Styles.

Complexity of Leadership.

Administrative Strategies.

Administrative Style.

Normative Models for Administrative Style.

10. Behavior, Decision Making, and Reflective Practice.

Descriptive Models of Administrative Behavior.

Personal Needs and Dispositions.

Personal and Situational Variables.

Value of Descriptive Models.

Administration and Decision Making.

Rational Models.

Ethical Models.

Participatory Models.

Political Models.

Garbage Can Model.

Reflective Practice.

For Further Reflection.

11. Important Aspects of Practice.


Understanding Motivation.

Content Theories.

Process Theories.

Motivation and the Exercise of Power.


Elements of Communication.

Using Communication Effectively.

Importance of Communication.

Ethical Practice.

Taxonomy of Ethical Issues.

Ethical Issues of Daily Practice.

Time Management.

Time Management Strategies.

Importance of Time Management.

12. Demands for School Reform.

Society and Schools in the 21st Century.

Demographic Trends.

School-Related Problems.

Tensions Between Excellence and Equity.

The First Wave: 1983-1987.

The Second Wave: 1988-.

13. Responses to Student Needs and Public Dissatisfaction.

Failure and an Unfinished Agenda.

Reasons for Failure.

An Unfinished Agenda.

Reform Through Market-Oriented Concepts.

Choice Programs.

Vouchers and Tax Credits.

Charter Schools.

Reform Through Restructuring.

School Partnerships.

14. Transforming the School.

Organizational Change.

Resistance to Change.

Change Strategies.

Culture Change.

Implications for Practice.

15. Women and Minorities in School Administration.

Women and Minorities in Education.

The Concern in Administration.

Characteristics, Placements, and Barriers.

Seeking Solutions.

Implications for Practice.

16. Planning Your Career.

Personal Career Planning.

Changing Attitudes and Assumptions.

Building an Individual Plan.

Implications for Practice.

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