Administrators Solving the Problems of Practice Decision-Making Concepts, Cases, and Consequences

ISBN-10: 0205380808
ISBN-13: 9780205380800
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: Tested in hundreds of classrooms, this text, with cases, is a student favorite that brings eight classical models of decision making to life, creating useful tools in developing strategies to solve real-life problems. This book describes eight  More...

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Book details

List price: $73.40
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Tested in hundreds of classrooms, this text, with cases, is a student favorite that brings eight classical models of decision making to life, creating useful tools in developing strategies to solve real-life problems. This book describes eight different models of decision-making, compares the models, and illustrates how to use each model with real cases from schools. The frameworks include; classical, administrative, incremental, mixes scanning, political, and garbage can models as well as two models of shared decision making. After illustrating the use of these decision-making models to analyze and develop solution strategies, students have the opportunity to explore about fifty actual cases to build their own analyses and solution strategies.

Preface
Introduction
Case Method: An Historical Perspective
Rationality and Decision Making
Rationality and Values
Rationality and the Environment
Rationality and the Unexpected
Consequence Analysis
Mindfulness
Mindful Decision Making: Reflective, Not Mechanical
Decision Making: Optimizing and Satisficing
The Classical Model: An Optimizing Strategy
The Administrative Model: A Satisficing Strategy
Decision-Making Process: A Cyclical Process
Recognize and Define the Problem
Analyze the Difficulties
Establish Criteria for a Satisfactory Solution
Develop a Plan or Strategy for Action
Initiate the Plan of Action
The Teachers Council
Analyzing the Case: Using the Satisficing Model
Recognize and Define the Problem
Analyze the Difficulties
Establish Criteria for a Satisfactory Solution
Develop a Plan of Action
A Strategy for Action
Initiate the Plan
Summary and Conclusion
Controversial Speaker
Decision Making: Muddling and Scanning
The Incremental Model: A Strategy of Successive Limited Comparisons
Conflict at Christmas
Analyzing the Case: An Incremental Approach
The Mixed-Scanning Model: An Adaptive Strategy
Analyzing the Case: An Adaptive Strategy
Summary and Conclusion
Crisis in Marshall Creek
Decision Making: Garbage and Politics
The Garbage-Can Model: Irrational Decision Making
Quality Circle
Analyzing the Case: Garbage-Can Model
The Political Model: Personal Rationality
Divided Loyalties
Analyzing the Case: The Political Model
Summary and Conclusion
Politics at River Grove
Using the Best Model: Practice Cases
Decision-Making Models: A Comparison
The Best Model: A Contingency Approach
Applying the Appropriate Model
Problem Child
Sexual Harassment
Hard Choices
Mishap at Monroe
Discord and Disharmony
Superintendent's Hiring Dilemma
Electives
Sour Notes
Zero Tolerance Policy: The Eagle Scout
Poison E-Mail
Low Expectations, Poor Performance
Kinky Hair
Shared Decision Making: A Comprehensive Model
Managing Participation: Enhancing Quality and Acceptance
Decision-Making Styles
Decision-Making Trees
The Curriculum Dilemma: A Group Problem
Analyzing the Case: The Curriculum Dilemma
Individual Problems
The Secretary's Office: An Individual Problem
Analyzing the Case: The Secretary's Office
Summary and Cautions
Parking Lot
Shared Decision Making: A Simplified Model
Zone of Acceptance
Mapping the Zone of Acceptance
Participation
Situations for Participation
Matching the Situation with Participation
Structuring Participation
Matching Situations with Structures of Participation
Directing Participation: Administrative Roles
Using the Model
The Curriculum Dilemma: A Group Problem Revisited
Analyzing the Case: The Curriculum Dilemma
Discussion: A Preference for Action
The Secretary's Office: An Individual Problem Revisited
Analyzing the Case: The Secretary's Office
A Comparison
Another Application
Computer Purchasing Problem
Analyzing the Case: A Theory-Driven Student Analysis
Analysis
Solution Strategy
Analysis
Solution Strategy
Summary and Cautions
Teacher Tardiness
Decision Making: Final Cases
Subordinate Participation: A Comparison
Which Model?
The Scheduling Problem
Administrative Communication
Principal's In-Service
Parent Complaint
The Hiring Problem
The Advisory Council
Student Athletes
Grading Policy
Beginning Principal: A Time for Leadership?
Dress Code
Cases in Higher Education
Appropriate Attire
Professional Dilemma
Intellectual Property?
Grade Change
The Staffing Problem
New Department Chair
Assistant Dean
The Dean's Advisory Council
Putting It All Together
Redistricting
Suggestions for a Group Project
Other Suggested Activities
Standards for School Leaders
Bibliography
Index

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