ERIC Number: ED332289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Reflective Macintosh: A Computer-Assisted Approach to Understanding and Improving Managerial Practice. Project Report.
Kerchner, Charles; And Others
The early stages of a microcomputer-based project to integrate managerial knowledge and practice are described in this report. Analysis of the problem-framing process that effective principals use to reduce complex problems into more manageable ones forms the basis of the project. Three cognitive-mapping techniques are used to understand the managerial decision-making process: questioning, organizational data, and participant descriptions. An interactive computer system of hypermedia organizational information was developed from analysis of problem-framing accounts of five business and education managers participating in a seminar. A conclusion is that the program's use of interrelated facts to cross-reference information and ideas enables school leaders to analyze hypothetical questions about the potential organizational effects of a given development. The interactive computer system and its applicability to educational leadership is described. Two figures are included. (31 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Cognitive Mapping, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Computer Oriented Programs, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Hypermedia, Leadership Styles, Microcomputers, Principals, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.; Illinois Univ., Urbana. Beckman Inst. for Advanced Science and Technology.