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Living on the edge of chaos : leading schools into the global age / Karolyn J. Snyder, Michele Acker-Hocevar, Kristen M. Snyder

By: Snyder, Karolyn J.
Contributor(s): Acker-Hocevar, Michele.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Milwaukee ASQ Quality Press 2000Description: 367 s.ISBN: 0873894596.Subject(s): Lärare | Skolpersonal | Sverige | Skolväsen | Undervisningsväsen | Schemaläggning | Skoladministration | SkolorganisationOther classification: Emia-q | Em-q | Emk-q
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Explores challenges facing educators in a rapidly changing world with a diversifying population and diminishing resources, and details the Education Quality Benchmark System. Discusses hurdles that prevent school success, such as bureaucratic obstacles, increased testing, and poor internal communica

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  • Dedication (p. v)
  • Special Recognition (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • Part 1 Shifting Paradigms of Schooling
  • Chapter 1 Preparing Schools for the Age of Globalization (p. 3)
  • Paradoxes of the Age (p. 5)
  • Developing World Class Schools (p. 8)
  • Global Partnerships for School Development (p. 15)
  • It Is a Matter of Survival (p. 19)
  • Chapter 2 A Mechanical View of Change (p. 23)
  • Newtonian Physics (p. 25)
  • The Modern Bureaucracy (p. 30)
  • Schooling as a Business (p. 32)
  • The Breakdown of Bureaucratic Thinking (p. 35)
  • Chapter 3 An Organic View of Change (p. 39)
  • Relativity Theory and Quantum Physics (p. 40)
  • Pioneers of a New Work Organization (p. 45)
  • Systems Theory (p. 47)
  • Quality Management (p. 52)
  • Chapter 4 An Emergent View of Change (p. 55)
  • Chaos and Complexity Theories (p. 56)
  • Basic Principles of Natural Systems (p. 63)
  • Living on the Edge of Chaos (p. 68)
  • Principles of Emergent Change (p. 72)
  • Part 2 The New Mental Dance for Guiding Change
  • Chapter 5 Living on the Edge of Chaos: A New Theory of Organizational Change (p. 77)
  • Lesson 1 Growing Systems Respond to Environmental Changes (p. 79)
  • Lesson 2 Disequilibrium Promotes Change (p. 84)
  • Lesson 3 Energy Builds Through Connections (p. 88)
  • Lesson 4 Natural Systems Self-Organize (p. 92)
  • Lesson 5 New Systems Evolve from Complete Prototypes (p. 96)
  • Lesson 6 Change Is a Dance of Life and Death (p. 98)
  • Summary (p. 100)
  • Chapter 6 Confronting Issues of Power (p. 103)
  • Personal Power within Our Family of Origin (p. 105)
  • Moving Beyond the Family Metaphor (p. 107)
  • Historical and Traditional Definitions of Power (p. 108)
  • Two Perspectives on Organizational Power (p. 109)
  • Two Frames of Power: Dominator and Partnership (p. 112)
  • Conclusions (p. 116)
  • Chapter 7 The Power River (p. 117)
  • Schools as Partnership Cultures (p. 118)
  • The Power River (p. 119)
  • Studies of Teachers' Perceptions of Power Arrangements (p. 122)
  • Journeying Downriver (p. 126)
  • Conclusions (p. 130)
  • Chapter 8 The Quantum World of Strategic Thinking (p. 131)
  • Perspectives on Simple and Complex Organizations (p. 135)
  • Putting the Six Strategic Rs to Work (p. 138)
  • Part 3 Tools to Facilitate New Prototypes of Schooling
  • Chapter 9 Taking Stock of Your Organization: Benchmarking, Evaluation, and Accountability (p. 149)
  • Philosophical Choices (p. 152)
  • Accountability: Moving from Compliance Monitoring to Benchmarking Change (p. 153)
  • Evaluation: Moving from External Judgment to Continuous Improvement (p. 155)
  • Benchmarking Growth (p. 162)
  • Summary (p. 170)
  • Chapter 10 The Education Quality Benchmark System (p. 173)
  • The Education Quality Benchmark System (EQBS) (p. 174)
  • The EQBS World-Class Standards (p. 184)
  • Benchmarking with the EQBS (p. 190)
  • Applying the Benchmarking Process (p. 193)
  • School Work Culture Benchmarking Process (p. 194)
  • SWCP Benchmarking Worksheet (p. 195)
  • Work Culture Standards for School Development (p. 196)
  • Building a Grab Bag of Best Practices (p. 199)
  • The Connection between Work Culture and Outcomes (p. 202)
  • Summary (p. 207)
  • Chapter 11 The Strategic Dance of Life (p. 211)
  • Assessment and the Strategic Dance (p. 212)
  • The Case Study Technique (p. 214)
  • A Case Study Example: The Dynamics of Work Culture in High- and Low-Achieving Schools (p. 226)
  • Strategic Planning (p. 232)
  • Chapter 12 Developing Work Teams as Learning Communities (p. 241)
  • Trends on Teams as Learning Communities (p. 244)
  • Benchmarking Team Growth (p. 249)
  • The New Work of School Leaders (p. 255)
  • Becoming World Class (p. 261)
  • Team Quality Profile (p. 264)
  • Personal Analysis Worksheet (p. 266)
  • Team Analysis Worksheet (p. 267)
  • Part 4 Living on the Edge of Chaos
  • Chapter 13 Teacher Perspectives on Change (p. 271)
  • Developing Integrated Work Cultures (p. 273)
  • The Power of Connection Systems (p. 280)
  • The Vital Role of School Districts (p. 284)
  • Chapter 14 High- and Low-Involvement Cultures (p. 289)
  • Responses to Complex Environments (p. 292)
  • Disequilibrium as a Dynamic for Change (p. 295)
  • Energy and Connections (p. 298)
  • Adaptation and Self-Organization (p. 301)
  • New Systems Prototypes (p. 305)
  • The Natural Dance of Life (p. 308)
  • Conclusions (p. 311)
  • Chapter 15 Emergence Leadership for World-Class Schools (p. 313)
  • Develop Listening and Sharing Systems (p. 316)
  • Stimulate Disequilibrium with Information (p. 320)
  • Build Work Groups, Networks, and Partnerships (p. 323)
  • Build a Culture of Pride (p. 324)
  • Expect Self-Organization to Emerge (p. 327)
  • Foster Piloting of Complete New Systems (p. 330)
  • Shed the Old and Nurture the New (p. 332)
  • Summary (p. 337)
  • Bibliography (p. 329)