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Quandaries of School Leadership

Voices from Principals in the Field

Editors: Touchton, D.J., Rodríguez, M.A., Ivory, G., Acker-Hocevar, M. (Eds.)

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  • Provides a resource for university-based school leader preparation 
  • Reveals perceptions, thoughts, and values of practicing principals, and examines epistemological and theoretical perspectives that shed light on the quandaries principals face 
  • Offers a useful blend of both leadership practice and theory by engaging students in praxis 
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About this book

This book provides insights into the everyday practices of school leaders as told through the real-life stories of principals.  The editors and their contributors blend practice with theory, helping aspiring leaders to discover that school leadership is not simply putting prescribed solutions into action, but a constant encounter with quandaries that demand thinking, responding, and adjusting to the situations at hand. Readers build their capacities to view quandaries from multiple lenses, consider a variety of responses, and draw conclusions based on perspectives that may vary from those initially identified. The chapter authors encourage a sharper self-awareness of what scholars value and envision about education, encouraging them to think about how to navigate decision-making through a variety of theoretical frameworks and practices while balancing their own leadership platform development.

About the authors

Debra J. Touchton is Associate Professor and Program Director of Educational Leadership Graduate Programs at Stetson University, USA.
Mariela A. Rodriguez is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.
Gary Ivory is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University, USA. 
Michele Acker-Hocevar is Professor and Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, USA.

Reviews

“The editors and authors have provided a valuable balance to a policy environment in which the principalship is increasingly oriented toward scripted, singular thinking. They have provided rich stories which acknowledge the complex, messy, and ethical dilemmas of the role. Such an approach is not only more authentic in terms of the ‘real’ work of principals but is much more productive for constructing a role that is creative and actively oriented toward ethical change.” (Gary Crow, Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, USA)

“The editors have brought together an outstanding group of scholars to examine the uncertainties inherent in the job of a school leader.  Each chapter is based on one of the Professional Standards for School Leaders (PSELs) and using the voices of school principals offers valuable insights into their work.  Read it and take your leadership to the next level.” (Paula A. Cordeiro, Dammeyer Professor of Global Leadership and Education, University of San Diego, USA)

“In this book, the editors wed metaphor, theory, and practice in order to support and develop school leaders from novice to expert, from solo performer to orchestra conductor. The use of ‘leader as musician’ allows emerging leaders to understand the need for careful attention, responsiveness, and improvisation as vital strategies. Reflective questions embedded throughout the book encourage leaders to use this less as a textbook and more as a workbook to guide their thinking and practice. Leadership ‘quandaries’ allow leaders to grapple with real school problems while exploring the differences between what I would do and what I could do better. Contributors also bring theoretical frameworks to bear in ways that are meaningful and accessible to leaders, regardless of where they are in their careers. This book offers a unique opportunity for leaders and faculty to become co-creators of leadership symphonies in schools around the country.” (Mónica Byrne-Jimenez, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, School of Education, Indiana University, USA) 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59120-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59119-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-86552-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quandaries of School Leadership
Book Subtitle
Voices from Principals in the Field
Editors
  • Debra J. Touchton
  • Mariela A. Rodríguez
  • Gary Ivory
  • Michele Acker-Hocevar
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59120-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59120-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59119-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86552-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 248
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