Introduction to Educational Administration: Standards, Theories, and Practice

Introduction to Educational Administration: Standards, Theories, and Practice

Introduction to Educational Administration: Standards, Theories, and Practice

Introduction to Educational Administration: Standards, Theories, and Practice

Synopsis

Organized around the ISLLC standards, this text introduces students to the concepts and theories of educational leadership. The new edition adds coverage of such topics as data usage, ethics, innovative hiring practices, and student discipline. Appearing in the second edition are chapter-ending sections called Point-Counterpoint which prompt readers to examine their own beliefs regarding the material presented in the chapter and its application to work in our schools."

Excerpt

This second edition is a contemporary response to graduate students’ needs for a comprehensive introduction to educational administration contained within a logical, thematic structure. This edition has several important updates and additions that make the content even more relevant to those practicing and soon to be practicing in the field of educational administration. Greater emphasis is placed on such topics as data usage, ethics, innovative hiring practices, and student discipline.

As the practical world of educational administration continuously evolves and expands, the necessary concepts, so often presented in isolated bits of information, become too difficult for aspiring administrators to draw relationships between. Consequently, aspiring school leaders often feel as though they understand different aspects of educational administration separately, but they often report that they have tremendous difficulty putting all of their new knowledge together. Synthesizing information, particularly new information that has been presented in isolated units, is a great challenge.

This textbook responds to the aforementioned challenge on two levels. First, the overall content of the text is organized in a manner that makes sense for aspiring and practrganized around standards, which represent the knowledge, dispositions, and performances of school administrators that are the foundation upon which many graduate programs and/or state certification requirements are organized.

By taking this conceptual framework and applying it to a structured set of standards, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, the book assists in the creation of connections for aspiring administrators. Instead of learning about administrative topics in isolation, this book presents those topics, theories, and models in the context of concise, reasonable, and widely accepted standards. The standards themselves, although they are quite significant on their own merit, are secondary to the knowledge base that this book develops around them. In fact, there are several other good sources of administrative standards worthy of examination. For example, both the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have published standards and circulated them to their members. The wording contained in those standards represents cogent thinking about what the roles and responsibilities of educational administrators ought to be. They are, in fact, both examples of standards that are presently improving the work of school administrators all across the . . .

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