Ecology of Educational Systems : Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning / Edition 1

Ecology of Educational Systems : Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning / Edition 1

by Bruce D. Baker, Craig E. Richards
     
 

This informative, interesting book addresses those who need to understand educational data and its place in school leadership and decision-making. It provides a set of practical tools for data analysis and decision-making using spreadsheet software and system dynamic models. Examples of the use of the popular Microsoft® Excel, several system dynamic

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This informative, interesting book addresses those who need to understand educational data and its place in school leadership and decision-making. It provides a set of practical tools for data analysis and decision-making using spreadsheet software and system dynamic models. Examples of the use of the popular Microsoft® Excel, several system dynamic models created by ITHINK6.0, and an introduction to the development of dynamic simulations all contribute to the reader's understanding of the concepts presented. The use of real data ensures that readers receive a realistic “feel” for handling and manipulating information, guaranteeing an understanding of the broad diversity of financial, demographic, and economic situations that occur. Topics include: information sharing in schools, organizing and manipulating data, system linkages, system dynamics, applied systems thinking, and structured improvisation. An excellent resource for all school administrators, especially those who plan budgets and need to report to school boards and their communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130977717
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
12/22/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

PART I: SETTING THE STAGE.

1. Toward an Ecology of Leadership.

2. Writing Policy Briefs.

PART II: USING DATA TO DESCRIBE THE SCHOOLING CONTEXT.

3. Organizing and Manipulating Data.

4. Developing Indicator Systems.

5. Applying Descriptive Statistics to the Schooling Context.

PART II Simulation.

PART II Summary.

PART III: SEARCHING FOR RELATIONSHIPS IN EDUCATION DATA.

6. Similarities and Differences among Groups.

7. Education Data and Statistical Relationships I.

8. Education Data and Statistical Relationships II.

Part III Simulation.

Part III Summary.

PART IV: MEASURING TIME AND CHANGE IN SCHOOLS.

9. Time, the Forgotten Dimension.

10. Studying Change with Data.

11. A Look into the Future.

Part IV Simulation.

Part IV Summary.

PART V: SYSTEM DYNAMICS OF SCHOOLING.

12. From Data-Driven Analysis to Model-Driven Analysis.

13. Systems Thinking Applied.

14. Dynamic Models of Schooling.

Part V Simulation.

Part V Summary.

PART VI: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER.

15. A Guide to Structured Improvisation.

References.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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