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ERIC Number: EJ1214006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Solving Real-Life Problems of Practice and Education Leaders' School Improvement Mind-Set
Mintrop, Rick; Zumpe, Elizabeth
American Journal of Education, v125 n3 p295-344 May 2019
When educational leaders think about how to solve problems, we expect them to identify a problem, think about causes and a theory of action, implement changes, and reflect on effects. This straightforward sequence is actually quite challenging. Through writings and interviews collected over 2 years within a doctor of education program, this study examines leaders' problem solving in real-life organizational improvement projects. From data on nine cohort members' thinking, the study distills a set of heuristics frequently deployed: defining problems as the absence of preferred solutions, conceiving of change as filling an empty vessel, understanding learning as implementing, aiming at conventions, and seeing "rationality" in adopting "what works."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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