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Ecology of Educational Systems Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning

ISBN-10: 0130977713

ISBN-13: 9780130977717

Edition: 2004

Authors: Bruce D. Baker, Craig E. Richards

List price: $82.00
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This informative, interesting book addresses those who need to understand educational data and its place in school leadership and decision-making. It provides a set of practical tools for data analysis and decision-making using spreadsheet software and system dynamic models. Examples of the use of the popular Microsoft® Excel, several system dynamic models created by ITHINK6.0, and an introduction to the development of dynamic simulations all contribute to the reader's understanding of the concepts presented. The use of real data ensures that readers receive a realistic “feel” for handling and manipulating information, guaranteeing an understanding of the broad diversity of financial, demographic, and economic situations that occur. Topics include: information sharing in schools, organizing and manipulating data, system linkages, system dynamics, applied systems thinking, and structured improvisation. An excellent resource for all school administrators, especially those who plan budgets and need to report to school boards and their communities.
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Book details

List price: $82.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Setting the Stage
Toward an Ecology of Leadership
Writing Policy Briefs
Using Data to Describe the Schooling Context
Organizing and Manipulating Data
Developing Indicator Systems
Applying Descriptive Statistics to the Schooling Context
Simulation
Summary
Searching For Relationships in Education Data
Similarities and Differences among Groups
Education Data and Statistical Relationships I
Education Data and Statistical Relationships II
Simulation
Summary
Measuring Time and Change In Schools
Time, the Forgotten Dimension
Studying Change with Data
A Look into the Future
Simulation
Summary
System Dynamics of Schooling
From Data-Driven Analysis to Model-Driven Analysis
Systems Thinking Applied
Dynamic Models of Schooling
Simulation
Summary
Pulling It All Together
A Guide to Structured Improvisation
References
Name Index
Subject Index