Victor A. Montemurro
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St. John's University School of Education
EDU 5571: Administrative Leadership in Schools
Professor Frank L. Smith, Jr., Ed.D.
SJU Graduate Bulletin 2000-2002
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Administrative Leadership in Schools provides an overview of various conceptual frameworks or lenses with which to view the school as a culture and the role of the leader in the organization. Educational leadership requires a firm grounding in organizational theory and an understanding of the nature of culture in social organizations such as schools and school communities. Understanding the following essential concepts is required so that the educational leader can switch lenses to view the organization from multiple perspectives.
Leadership is a matter of understanding school and community culture and being able to respond to the culture whether as a creator, manager, or destroyer of the culture. A school community leader must have the capacity to speak for the cultural vision he knows will develop civic capacity in the community and provide for social capital for students. He or she must articulate a social action plan in strategic terms that represent vision and purpose and builds coalitions of support and care for students. The graphic to the left represents essential aspects of this course of study that are further discussed in the chapter two and literature review of the culture study essay.
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The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory is part of the national network of educational research and development labs. The site represented by the graphic to the left discusses school culture and change. Some of the significant early research on school culture and change was done by Thomas Popkewitz and his colleagues at University of Wisconsin in 1982 published in Popkewitz, T. S., Tabachnick, B. R., & Wehlage, G. (1982). The myth of educational reform: A study of school responses to a program of change. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press.
Brief essay on Myth of Ed Reform
Matrix of School Response to Change:
Technical, Constructivist & Illusory
Additional Notes on Popkewitz
Frames for Viewing Organizations
EDU 5571/PDF/Frames/Brain questions.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Frames/Symbolic Frame.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Frames/Human Resource Matrix.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Frames/Org As Theater.pdf
Taylorism: Principles of Scientific Management
EDU 5571/PDF/Taylor/Carlson on Taylor.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Taylor/Taylor Chart.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Taylor/Taylor Essay.pdf
Leadership and Toyota Culture
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Leadership Perspectives Outline 07_08_02.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Leadership as a Democracy.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Carlson dialectical.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Strategic Representation.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/School culture change.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Role Play Reflection.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Leadership/Toyota Culture.pdf
Culture Film Study
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/Cultural Ques CPE_HS.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/Cultural Ques NE_HS.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/Notes on Cultural Issue Study.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/popkewitz_notes.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/Culture Essay.pdf
EDU 5571/PDF/Issue Study/Family Systems Metaphors.pdf
Text and Supplemental Texts:
Bolman, L.G., & Deal. T. E. (1997). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers
Carlson, R.V. (1996). Reframing and reform: Perspectives on organization, leadership, and school change. White Plains, NY: Longman Publishers USA
Cunningham, W. G., & Gresso, D. W. (1993). Cultural leadership: The culture of excellence in education. Boston: Allyn and Bacon
Ogden, E. H., & Germinario, V. (1995). The nation’s best schools: Blueprints for excellence (Vol. 2). Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co.
Popkewitz, T. S., Tabachnick, B. R., & Wehlage, G. (1982). The myth of educational reform: A study of school responses to a program of change. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press.
POV. Making the film: An interview with Frederick Wiseman. Retrieved October 29, 2004 from http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2001/highschool/thefilm.html
Schein, E. H. (1996). “Defining organizational culture.” In J.M. Shafritz & J.S. Ott (Eds.), Classics of organization theory (pp.66-79). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
Schein, E. H. (1992). Organizational culture and leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Shafritz, J.M., & Ott, J.S. (1996). Classics of organization theory. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
Smith, F. L. (2002, July). “Typology of institutional regimes chart.” Lecture notes. New York: St. John’s University. (Unpublished).