Leading People, Learning from People: Lessons from Education Professionals

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Educators Bell and Harrison (the latter at Edith Cowan U., Western Australia) confront the perennial issue of why, among schools and university departments facing similar challenges, some are succeeding while others are failing. By examining the teamwork (or lack thereof) of "the soloists in the orchestra"--i.e. teachers and administrators, their analysis identifies flunking cases as well as best practices toward a new professionalism and genuine collaboration among educators and with learners in coping with pressures for change prompted by rising costs and the UK's Education Reform Act of 1988. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335200740
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Individuals and institutions: the soloists in the orchestra 1
2 The case of a department under threat: the convergence of values 19
3 Are you really hearing this? Communicating for quality learning 38
4 The diskillers and the empowerers 57
5 Learning to shed old skins: collaborating for change 72
6 Investing in people: investing in systems 95
7 Controlling? Or connecting? Working together to find solutions 110
8 The quiet workers and the trumpet blowers 125
9 Towards a new professionalism: exploiting a resource? Or serving people's real needs? 148
Postscript 164
References 165
Index 173
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