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Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

February 2006 | 1 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
To read some sample entries, or to view the Readers Guide click on "Sample Chapters/Additional Materials" in the left column under "About This Book"

The Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration presents the most recent theories, research, terms, concepts, ideas, and histories on educational leadership and school administration as taught in preparation programs and practiced in schools and colleges today. With more than 600 entries, written by more than 200 professors, graduate students, practitioners, and association officials, the two volumes of this encyclopedia represent the most comprehensive knowledge base of educational leadership and school administration that has, as yet, been compiled.

Key Features
  • Represents a "knowledge dynamic" of the field by presenting ideas and perspectives that are in the minds, hearts, and aspirations of those practicing in the profession
  • Includes a wide range of topics covering teaching and learning, curriculum, psychology and motivation, budgeting and finance, law, statistics, research, personnel management, planning, supervision, and much more
  • Contains more than 75 biographical sketches of people whose ideas, aspirations, and lives have contributed much to the profession
  • Animates the reader's thinking and defines possibilities by presenting terms, ideas, concepts, research, and theories that are circulating in the field

The Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration is a must-have reference for all academic libraries as well as a welcome addition to any leadership in education collection.

List of Entries
Reader's Guide
List of Figures and Tables
Editorial Board
Preface: A New Conception of the Knowledge Base of a Profession
About the Editor
Volume 1: A-K

Volume 2: L-Z


"This two-volume encyclopedia edited by English (educational leadership, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; ed., Handbook of Educational Leadership) is aimed primarily at school administrators and those in training to lead in the academic arena. Its 600 A-to-Z entries, each half a page to 12 pages long, are by 200-plus professors, graduate students, practitioners, and association officials and range from biographical sketches of leaders and thinkers who have influenced American education, such as Howard Gardner and Abraham Maslow, to explanations of the item response theory and Holocaust education. Other topics include educational organizations (e.g., Parent Teacher Association), child development theories, and terms like "cultural capital" and "differentiated staffing." While matters such as asbestos and school violence are tackled, many of the entries focus on fiscally effective leadership (e.g., "Finance, of public schools"), leadership characteristics (e.g., "Charisma, of leaders"), and the history and theory of leadership. Bottom Line The writing is clear and concise, with identification of emerging trends, helpful cross references, and lists of additional sources. Two longer entries of particular interest concern Supreme Court cases in education law and the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers. The only missing ingredient is dynamic graphics; there are no photographs and only minimal use of tables and graphs. A number of other works explore the topic of academic leadership in greater depth, e.g., The Jossey-Bass Academic Administrator's Guide to Exemplary Leadership (2003), but they lack the breadth of this encyclopedia. Recommended for public and academic libraries."

Evelyn Beck
Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC

"Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by Fenwick W. English (R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), the two volume Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration provides more than six hundred entries covering the most recent theories, research, terminologies, concepts, ideas and histories in the field of education as taught in contemporary college and university courses. Drawing upon invaluable contributions from more than two hundred professors, graduate students, practitioners, and association officials, the Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration is a compendium of practical information on all aspects of curriculum, budgeting and finance, law, personnel management, psychology and motivation research, statistics, supervision, teaching and learning, and a great deal more with the framework of education today. No academic library Education Studies reference collections can be considered complete or up to date with out the inclusion of this seminal, core, superbly organized and 'user friendly' set."

Michael Dunford
The Midwest Book Review

"Editor English brings a strong background in professional and academic educational leadership. Because the field of educational administration is dynamic, acquiring this set will help update current collections in this area, particularly for institutions that prepare educational leaders."

Lesley Farmer

"Designed to be 'the most comprehensive knowledge base of educational leadership and school administration that has, as yet, been compiled,' this two-volume set admirably achieves its goal. It is current, readable, and well organized. Highly recommended."

P. Palmer
University of Memphis

"This two-volume encyclopedia provides a clear and concise starting point for the education professional researching this topic. Unlike most sizeable multivolume sets, this publication is easy to manage due to the equal distribution of material within each volume. The biggest advantage of this title over others in this subject area is the full index supplied at the end of both volumes."

Deana Groves
Western Kentucky University Libraries
Key features


  • Includes short to medium inclusions of biography indicating the major aspects of personage as well as the concepts, ideas, or legacies of individuals who have influenced current practice and thinking. Examples include Saint Augustine, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Johann Pestalozzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Dewey, Mary Parker Follett, Frank Gilbreth, Frederick Taylor, Ida-Wells Barnett, Ella Flagg Young, Martin Luther King, Chester Barnard, Edward Deming, etc. There is a uniform format developed for the inclusion of biographical pieces in the SAGE Encyclopedia so that all entries contain the same data. The reader can quickly see the life span information and the contribution, as well as the connections to current practice and thought in educational leadership and administration. The presentations of these personages are not a critique of their ideas or works, but a presentation of them with the identification of areas of continuing influence or controversy without taking sides (a kind of "pro" and "con" presentaiton).
  • All entries are simply nodes in larger networks. Each entry contains enough information so that the reader can place the ideas, concepts, thoughts into chronological context enabling him/her to have some idea of where the person, content, thoughts, "fit" in the overall flow of things. With the exception of the "anchor essays" and some of the "long essays" (which are intended to be explicative), most entries, while comprehensive at least chronologically, are mostly propaedeutic, i.e., they point the reader to more extensive sources after introducing him/her to the essentials of the topic.
  • While administration is confined to the rise of science and a quest for scientific advancement of and with management, leadership is centered on more ancient themes in the humanities and the arts. While concepts of leadership can be traced to Plato's Republic, management has much more modern origins in the works of Henry Fayol (1841-1925) and others. The SAGE Encyclopedia includes both.
  • Contains tables, references and power point drawings where applicable.
  • Connects the reader to a wide range of electronic outlets such as Web pages and other electronic centers where information can be retrieved quickly.
  • All pieces include bibliographical references in the APA style. The bibliographical references are unannotated and entitled "Further readings and references."

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