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Educational Leadership for Organisational Learning and Improved Student Outcomes

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ISBN-10: 1402037619

ISBN-13: 9781402037610

Edition: 2004

Authors: William Mulford, Halia Silins, Kenneth Leithwood

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The change in paradigm in our field is away from the great man or woman theory of leadership and the teacher in his or her own classroom to the development of learning communities which value differences and support critical reflection and encourage members to question, challenge, and debate teaching and learning issues. How to achieve such learning communities is far from clear, but we believe the areas of problem-based learning (PBL) and organizational learning (OL) offer valuable clues. The indications are that the successful educational restructuring agenda depends on teams of leaders, whole staffs and school personnel, working together (i.e., OL) linking evidence and practice in genuine collaboration (i.e., PBL). The book is unique in that it is both about and uses these two concepts. The book is made up of four sections: 1.An introductory rational in which the case for using only quality evidence in school reform efforts is argued. Results from a quality research project are then presented. These results are organised around six questions: how is the concept of OL defined in schools ('teacher voice')? what leadership practices promote OL in schools ('teacher voice')? what are some outcomes of schooling other than academic achievement ('pupil voice')? what are the relationships between the non-academic and academic outcomes of schooling? does school leadership and/or organisational learning contribute to student outcomes? And, what other factors contribute to student outcomes?nbsp;The section concludes with a plea that given the accumulation and consistent quality of the evidence from across systems and countries, we no longer need to involve ourselves with just impressions of effective leadership. We have a way forward that links leadership to organisational learning and improved student outcomes. 2.Advice for using the book. The reasons for the choice of problem-based learning as the vehicle for the professional development materials that form the major part of this book are detailed. Suggestions are then made for use of the book, including a one-day and two- day workshop, and advice on group development and warm-up activities for such group development before moving to the problem-based learning package in Section 3; 3.A problem based-learning, evidence informed, professional development package for aspiring and actual school leaders based on real schools and their leaders. 4.A challenge. The final section provides refined versions of the diagnostic instruments used in the research and challenges readers to use them in their own schools. The book concludes with the references used and a list of other readings.
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Book details

List price: $84.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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The Critical Role Of Leadership For Organizational Learning And Improved Student Outcomes
The Critical Role Of Leadership For Organizational Learning And Improved Student Outcomes Introduction Sorting the Wheat From the ChaffThe EvidenceFour Implications Conclusion: No Need to Continue to Build in Canvas? Organization of the Book
Using The Book
Problem-Based Learning: A Vehicle For Professional Development Of School LeadersIntroduction Why Problem-Based Learning? Before, During, and After a One-Day WorkshopBefore, During, and After a Two-Day Workshop
Group Development And Warm-Up ActivitiesIntroduction: Lose Time To Gain Time Ice-Breaker InterdependenceTrading
The Problem-Based Learning Package
Workshop Problem/Situation OutlineForward Situation/ProblemProduct/Performance Specifications Learning Objectives Resources Guiding Questions
The Altona Case Study
The Heronwood Case Study
Survey Data Introduction AltonaHeronwood
A Challenge
The Survey Instruments And A Challenge To Use Them In Your Own School Introduction
Validity and Reliability The Short Form of the LOLSO Project Questionnaires
Conditions Fostering Organizational Learning In Schools
Leadership For Organizational Learning In Australian Secondary Schools
The Altona Case Study: Short Version
The Heronwood Case Study: Short Version
Other readings