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In this book, Robin Brooke-Smith explores the dynamics of schools as complex organisations. He presents a radical departure from established school improvement and effectiveness orthodoxies, offering a refreshing new approach to managing change and enhancing collective learning.
Based on the author's own experience of managing and leading schools, this book explores such questions as:
* How can schools learn as a generative process?
* How can schools become adaptive and co-evolve with their internal and external environments?
* How can education leaders 'navigate' their institutions out of the comfort zone and into the creative state?
The book concludes with a series of practical lessons for leading schools in complex conditions and will be of great value to reflective, action-orientated heads, principals and deputies, as well as academics and researchers in education management.
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|1||A tale of two schools||1|
|2||Old paradigm, new paradigm||16|
|3||Dynamical Systems Theory: a new approach to school improvement||31|
|4||Micro-politics: understanding the shadow system||62|
|5||Deep Learning and Professional Development in the learning organization||81|
|6||Lessons and principles for schools from Dynamical Systems Theory||94|