The Ecology of Educational Systems

The Ecology of Educational Systems : Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning

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For graduate-level courses in educational policy and leadership. With the ready availability of educational data, the need for school administrators and other educators to understand and manage data has grown considerably. To meet that need, this text offers a novel theoretical approach to school leadership and decision-making-Ecological Thinking-and a set of practical tools for data analysis and model-based decision-making using spreadsheet software and system dynamics models. Included are numerous data sets and specific examples of the use of the popular software Microsoft(R) Excel; several system dynamics models created by the software ITHINK6.0; a wealth of hands-on exercises; and, an introduction to the development of dynamic simulations.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 476.28g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • ALLYN & BACON
  • Old Tappan, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables, diagrams, charts, graphs
  • 0130977713
  • 9780130977717

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Preface. Introduction. PART I: SETTING THE STAGE. 1. Toward an Ecology of Leadership. 2. Writing Policy Briefs. PART II: USING DATA TO DESCRIBE THE SCHOOLING CONTEXT. 3. Organizing and Manipulating Data. 4. Developing Indicator Systems. 5. Applying Descriptive Statistics to the Schooling Context. PART II Simulation. PART II Summary. PART III: SEARCHING FOR RELATIONSHIPS IN EDUCATION DATA. 6. Similarities and Differences among Groups. 7. Education Data and Statistical Relationships I. 8. Education Data and Statistical Relationships II. Part III Simulation. Part III Summary. PART IV: MEASURING TIME AND CHANGE IN SCHOOLS. 9. Time, the Forgotten Dimension. 10. Studying Change with Data. 11. A Look into the Future. Part IV Simulation. Part IV Summary. PART V: SYSTEM DYNAMICS OF SCHOOLING. 12. From Data-Driven Analysis to Model-Driven Analysis. 13. Systems Thinking Applied. 14. Dynamic Models of Schooling. Part V Simulation. Part V Summary. PART VI: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER. 15. A Guide to Structured Improvisation. References. Name Index. Subject Index.show more

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