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Educational Administration

Educational Administration
Concepts and Practices

Seventh Edition

August 2020 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The ever-changing field of education gives us an idea of how results from k-12 not only affect higher education but also U.S. society. Balancing theory, research, and practical applications, Educational Administration: Concepts and Practices is the best-selling and most comprehensive text of its kind. This practical, applied approach to educational administration guides future administrators through the theories and research-based practices to apply them to their own professional endeavors. The new Seventh Edition offers a balanced perspective, using Pro/Con Debates in each chapter to illustrate opposing perspectives on major issues facing educational administrators. Additionally, Administrative Advice boxes highlight the words of advice from current school leaders.

Statistical figures have been updated throughout the text as well as the detailed narrative of the implications of these new figures within our educational system. A discussion on how social justice plays a role within our educational system has been added, most notably indicating the roots of social justice and the meaning of the mentioned. The authors have added discussions on the difference between educational policies throughout different presidencies and through recent history. These changes mark not only change at the federal level but also their effects on state and district policies. 

Authors Fred C. Lunenburg and Allan Ornstein discuss all topics necessary for a complete understanding of educational administration, balancing theory and research with practical coverage of culture, change, curriculum, human resources administration, diversity, effective teaching strategies, and supervision of instruction. 

PART I Fundamental Principles and Concepts
Chapter 1: Development of Administrative Theory
What Is Theory?

The Functions of Theories

Classical Organizational Theory

Human Relations Approach

Behavioral Science Approach

Post-Behavioral Science Era

Emergent Nontraditional Perspectives Schools as Open Systems

The Learning Organization

Chapter 2: Organizational Structure
What is Organizational Structure?

The Bureaucratic Model

The Participatory Management Model

Alternative Models of Organizational Structure

The School as a Social System

Chapter 3: Organizational Culture
What is Organizational Culture?

Creating, Maintaining, and Changing Organizational Culture

Effects of Organizational Culture

Organizational Climate

PART II: Administrative Process
Chapter 4: Motivation
Defining Motivation

Content Theories

Process Theories

Chapter 5: Leadership
The Nature of Leadership

Trait Theories

Behavior Theories

Contingency Theories

Leadership Styles

Other Contemporary Perspectives

Chapter 6: Decision Making
The Nature of Decision Making

Types of Decisions

How Are Decisions Made?

Benefits of Group Decision Making

Problems with Group Decision Making

Chapter 7: Communication
The Importance of Communication

The Communication Process

Nonverbal Communication

Direction of Communication

Communication Networks

Communication and Technology

Barriers to Communication

Overcoming Barriers to Communication

Chapter 8: Organizational Change
Forces for Change

Resistance to Change

Overcoming Resistance to Change

Managing Change

Organizational Development

PART III: The Structural Framework for Education
Chapter 9: Government and Education
The Federal Role in Education

Changing Roles in the Federal Government and Education

Federal Programs and Activities in Education

State Government and Education

State Education Agencies

State Reform Movements

Organization of School Districts

Local School Boards

The School Superintendent

The Central Staff

The Principal and the School

Chapter 10: Excellence, Equality, and Education
Definitions and Labels

The Role of the Schools

Do Schools Make a Difference? Large-Scale Studies

International Achievement Gaps in Education

Chapter 11: School Finance and Productivity
Education and Economics

Tax Sources of School Revenues

Local Financing of Public Schools

State Financing of Public Schools

State Financial Responsibility

School Effectiveness and Productivity

School Finance Trends

Financing School Construction

International Comparisons of Education Spending

Chapter 12: Legal Considerations and Education
Legal Framework for Public Education

American Judicial System

The Law and Professional Personnel

The Law and Students

The Law and State Issues

PART IV: Administration of Programs and Services
Chapter 13: Curriculum Development and Implementation
Curriculum Definitions and Approaches

Curriculum Development

Components of Curriculum Development

What Knowledge Is of Most Worth?

The Roles of the Curriculum Worker

Implementation as a Change Process

Chapter 14: Analyzing and Improving Teaching
Review of the Research on Teaching

Teacher Styles

Teacher Interaction

Teacher Characteristics

Teacher Effects

Teacher Contexts: New Research, New Paradigms

Reconceptualizing Teaching

Aptitude, Achievement and Human Capital

Chapter 15: Human Resources Administration
The Human Resource Management Process

Human Resource Planning



Professional Development

Performance Appraisal


Collective Bargaining

The Bargaining Process

Bargaining Tactics

New Bargaining Strategies


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