Problem Analysis: Responding to School Complexity / Edition 1

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

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Encourages school principals to move beyond bureaucratic thinking and conventional wisdom to creatively reflect on and find solutions to school problems, and illustrates concepts with cases and vignettes. Subjects include problem analysis in education, problem finding and problem solving, and leadership in decisions. Includes activities and exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883001360
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: The School Leadership Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Problem or Opportunity? 1
Problem Analysis in Education 1
Leadership and Management in Problem Analysis 3
Problem: A Working Definition 6
The Dilemma as a Problem Indicator 9
The Problem Situation 11
Why Try to Find Problems? 12
Mindful, Metacognitive, and Perhaps Even Intuitive 14
Answers May Reveal Their Own Problems 19
The Challenge of Good Problem Analysis: School Restructuring as an Example 20
Incomplete Problem Finding? 22
Conclusion 23
Some Exercises To Integrate Raised Concepts 23
2 The Problem of the Problem 25
Guiding Questions and Integrating Activity 28
Problem Finding and the Enhancement of Creativity 28
The Problem/Solution Nexus 34
Integrating Activities 37
Considering Getzels' Ideas of Problem 42
Proceeding Along the Problem-Finding Path 42
Symptoms Versus Problems 43
"Schoolish"-Type and Work-Type Problems 44
Frame, Reframe, and Refine the Issues 45
The Role of Communication in Problem Finding 48
Problem Finding is Creative: Have Some Fun, Too! 49
Start the Problem-Finding Process: Integrating Activities 55
3 The Problem of the Solution 57
Seek the Problem of the Solution 60
Categorizing Problems 62
The Problem Statement 66
Four Guideline Questions to Help Structure Problems 68
Clarifying Responses to Initial Problem Analyses 69
The Identified Problem IS the Problem 70
Identification of Likely Causes 74
Searching for Relevant Information 77
Validity and Reliability in Problem-Analysis Steps 77
Structured and Unstructured Problems 79
Some Models for Problem Solving 81
Conceptual Flexibility and Complementary Associations 90
Conclusion 92
Case Study: How Far Does the School Go? 93
Case Study: Student Discipline 95
Case Study: Oversight or Negligence? 96
Concluding Thoughts 98
4 Problem Sharing, Leadership in Decisions, and Change 99
Problem Sharing 100
Leadership in Decisions 105
Internships and Practice as Problem-Analysis Sharing 106
Rogue and Runaway (R+R) Problems 115
Implementing Decisions for Change 130
5 Cases 135
Instructions for the Cases 136
Reflective Thinking 137
Cases for Practice in Problem Analysis 137
Case 1 Fighting 138
Case 2 Safety and Special-Needs Students 140
Case 3 Mentor or Martinet? 142
Case 4 Sensitivity and Common Sense 143
Case 5 Intimidation or Legal Action? 144
Wrapping Up 145
Appendix A Reflectiveness in the Professions 147
Reflective Practice 147
Expanded Knowledge 149
Appendix B An Example Employing the Problem Analysis Model in Figure 3.3 151
Annotated Bibliography 155
References 159
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