ERIC Number: ED413663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Values and Valuation in the Practice of Educational Administration.
Willower, Donald J.; Licata, Joseph W.
This book strives to present a practical approach to administration that is philosophically sound and scientifically informed. Because the practice of administration is concerned with values, the book argues that administrators require not only a well-developed set of commitments but also a workable process of valuation that will enable them to make informed choices between competing values. The book presents a philosophical view of values and valuation that serves as a grounding for reflective moral decision making. It deals with values and valuation as both philosophical and practical problems. Chapter 1 briefly examines the situation in the literature of educational administration relevant to values and administrative practice, and then in chapters 2 and 3 of the book presents a general philosophical position with an integrated view of values, practice, and science. Chapters 4 and 5 describe the process of valuation as it applies to concrete situations in administration, and chapter 6 discusses some characteristics of school organizations along with the problems and opportunities they can present for administrators trying to move their organizations toward more desirable futures. The rest of the book, chapter 7, is composed of vignettes, cases, and exercises. One table, chapter endnotes, and are index are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Case Studies, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Organizational Theories, Problem Solving, Social Values, Sociology
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6643-6, $18.95; cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6632-8 $42.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A