Instructional Leadership: A Research-Based Guide to Learning in Schools / Edition 2

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This text goes beyond traditional leadership or supervision books and assumes that teachers and principals must work as colleagues to improve teaching and learning in schools. This is the first text of its kind, written for principals and other instructional leaders to help them understand current theories of teaching and learning as well as the practical curriculum applications of these perspectives.

"The greatest strength of the Woolfolk Hoy text is the focus on instruction and developing leaders devoted to nurturing learner-centered campuses and classrooms."
Dr. Steve Jenkins — University of Texas of the Permian Basin

"This text provides my students with a base of knowledge regarding exemplary instructional strategies as well as an illustration of what constitutes good teaching."
Robert J. Supku — Rider University

New to this edition:

  • New Feature—A Principal’s Perspective describes the experiences of an actual principal in dealing with a problem of practice related to the ideas and concepts of that particular chapter.
  • New Point/Counterpoints have been added to each chapter to illustrate the complexity of the issues facing instructional leaders.
  • New Research—over 200 new studies and analyses enrich the examination of the crucial topics in this text.
  • New Coverage of NCLB—the impact of recent legislation is discussed throughout the text.
  • New Standards Matrix connects chapter content with the ISLLC standards for easy reference.
Please visit our Educational Leadership SuperSite for additional course materials!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205457212
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Every chapter begins with "Preview: Key Points" and "Leadership Challenge," each chapter ends with "Summary," "Key Terms," "Some Ideas for Your Portfolio," and "Instructional Leaders Toolbox."


1. Introduction to Teaching and Learning.

The Role of Instructional Leader.

Student Differences.




Classroom Management.

Assessing Student Learning.

Assessing and Changing School Culture and Climate.


2. Students.

Today’s Multicultural Classrooms.

Creating Culturally Compatible Classrooms.

Gender Differences in the Classroom.

Individual Differences in Intelligence.

Ability Differences in Teaching.

Students with Learning Challenges.


3. Learning.

What Is Learning?

Behavioral Views of Learning.

Teaching Applications of Behavioral Theories.

Cognitive Views of Learning.

Cognitive Contributions: Learning Strategies and Tactics.

Constructivist Theories of Learning.

Teaching Applications of Constructivist Perspectives.


4. Motivation.

Motivation–A Definition.

Goals and Motivation.

Needs and Motivation.

Attributions, Beliefs, and Motivation.

Interests and Emotions.

Strategies to Encourage Motivation and Thoughtful Learning.


5. Teaching.

Do Teachers Make a Difference ?

What is a Good Teacher?

The First Step: Planning.

Successful Teaching: Focus on the Teacher.

Teaching for Understanding: Focus on the Subject.

Beyond Models to Outstanding Teaching.

Cautions: Where’s the Learning?


6. Classroom Management.

Organizing the Learning Environment.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Some Research Results.

Getting Started: The First Weeks of Class.

Creating a Learning Community.

Maintaining a Good Learning Environment.

Dealing with Discipline Problems.

The Need for Communication.

Summing it up: Learning Environments for All Students .

Designing Motivating Learning Environment on TARGET for Learning.


7. Assessing Student Learning.

Evaluation, Measurement, and Assessment.

What Do Test Scores Mean?

Types of Standardized Tests.

Issues in Standardized Testing.

New Directions in Standardized Testing and Classroom Assessment.

Effects of Grades and Grading on Students.


8. Assessing and Changing School Culture and Climate.

The School Workplace.

Organizational Culture.

Organizational Climate.

Organizational Climate: Healthy To Unhealthy.

Changing School Climate.

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