Educational Administration / Edition 2

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Educational Administration: Leading with Mind and Heart, 2nd edition takes an organization-development approach to producing effective leadership. Picture yourself standing in the middle of a dense forest. Suppose you were asked to describe the characteristics of the forest; what types of trees are growing in the forest; how many acres of trees are there; where are the trees thriving; where are they not? Faced with this proposition, most people would not know where to start and "would not be able to see the forest for the trees." Newly appointed school administrators often have these same feelings of confusion when faced with the prospect of having to assume a leadership role in a complex organization like a school or school system. Where does one start? An effective way to start would be to systematically examine the components that make up an organization. Such a system of organizational diagnosis and prescription will lead to a comprehensive and integrated analysis of the organization's strengths and weaknesses and point the way toward possible improvement. This book suggests such a sequential and systematic approach. Utilizing it effectively can produce dramatic and useful results.

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School Administrator
The key to knowing your territory is to conduct a diagnosis of your organization. Palestini provides readers with a diagnostic checklist that addresses organizational structure and organizational culture, communication, conflict management, change process, strategic planning and decision making.
Reference and Research Book News
Palestini, of St. Joseph's University, and an expert on educational administration, describes theories of educational administration and their application, basing his approach on organizational development. Writing for graduate students, he describes the structure of schools, school culture, organizational leadership, and aspects of working with faculty and staff.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578862344
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Palestini is currently Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He has been a high school science teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

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Table of Contents

1 Organizational structure in schools 1
2 School culture 22
3 Organizational leadership 40
4 Motivating and rewarding individuals 64
5 Effective communication 92
6 Conflict management 125
7 The strategic planning process 151
8 Effective decision making 179
9 Power and the negotiations process 204
10 The change process 224
11 Leading with heart 279
12 Organizational diagnosis 311
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