Problem Analysis: Responding to School Complexity / Edition 1

Problem Analysis: Responding to School Complexity / Edition 1

by John Reynolds, Susan Achilles, Charles Achilles, Susan H. Achilles
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1883001366

ISBN-13: 9781883001360

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book explores the relationship between problem analysis, leadership, decision making, and change. It contains many problem scenarios, case studies, and vignettes.

Overview

This book explores the relationship between problem analysis, leadership, decision making, and change. It contains many problem scenarios, case studies, and vignettes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883001360
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
The School Leadership Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Problem or Opportunity?1
Problem Analysis in Education1
Leadership and Management in Problem Analysis3
Problem: A Working Definition6
The Dilemma as a Problem Indicator9
The Problem Situation11
Why Try to Find Problems?12
Mindful, Metacognitive, and Perhaps Even Intuitive14
Answers May Reveal Their Own Problems19
The Challenge of Good Problem Analysis: School Restructuring as an Example20
Incomplete Problem Finding?22
Conclusion23
Some Exercises To Integrate Raised Concepts23
2The Problem of the Problem25
Guiding Questions and Integrating Activity28
Problem Finding and the Enhancement of Creativity28
The Problem/Solution Nexus34
Integrating Activities37
Considering Getzels' Ideas of Problem42
Proceeding Along the Problem-Finding Path42
Symptoms Versus Problems43
"Schoolish"-Type and Work-Type Problems44
Frame, Reframe, and Refine the Issues45
The Role of Communication in Problem Finding48
Problem Finding is Creative: Have Some Fun, Too!49
Start the Problem-Finding Process: Integrating Activities55
3The Problem of the Solution57
Seek the Problem of the Solution60
Categorizing Problems62
The Problem Statement66
Four Guideline Questions to Help Structure Problems68
Clarifying Responses to Initial Problem Analyses69
The Identified Problem IS the Problem70
Identification of Likely Causes74
Searching for Relevant Information77
Validity and Reliability in Problem-Analysis Steps77
Structured and Unstructured Problems79
Some Models for Problem Solving81
Conceptual Flexibility and Complementary Associations90
Conclusion92
Case Study: How Far Does the School Go?93
Case Study: Student Discipline95
Case Study: Oversight or Negligence?96
Concluding Thoughts98
4Problem Sharing, Leadership in Decisions, and Change99
Problem Sharing100
Leadership in Decisions105
Internships and Practice as Problem-Analysis Sharing106
Rogue and Runaway (R+R) Problems115
Implementing Decisions for Change130
5Cases135
Instructions for the Cases136
Reflective Thinking137
Cases for Practice in Problem Analysis137
Case 1Fighting138
Case 2Safety and Special-Needs Students140
Case 3Mentor or Martinet?142
Case 4Sensitivity and Common Sense143
Case 5Intimidation or Legal Action?144
Wrapping Up145
Appendix AReflectiveness in the Professions147
Reflective Practice147
Expanded Knowledge149
Appendix BAn Example Employing the Problem Analysis Model in Figure 3.3151
Annotated Bibliography155
References159

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