ERIC Number: ED464419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Organizational Behavior in Education: Instructional Leadership and School Reform. Seventh Edition.
Owens, Robert G.
This book concentrates on the connection between organizational behavior and the clamor for school reform, whether market-based, standards-based, or whole-school reform. It explains the great need for school leaders to develop a theory and practice that draws on what is known about organizational behavior in education. Educational leaders need a clear grasp of the practical realities of their work, their experience, and their personal view of the world in relation to organizations. They should understand why some may disagree with their interpretations of problems and solutions. The need for leaders to examine assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors that have been thoroughly internalized is fully explained. The ways in which psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and humanistic and social psychology affect organizational behavior are examined. The assumptions of modernist and structuralist theory are compared with postmodernism and poststructuralism. Separate chapters address organizational climate, organizational change, leadership, decision-making, motivation, and school reform. Each of the 11 chapters in this book contains sections on "Your Game Plan," suggested reading, and chapter notes. A glossary, author index, and subject index are also included. (Contains 526 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Organizational Theories, School Organization, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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