Climbing the Himalayas of School Leadership: The Socialization of Early Career Administrators

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R&L Education, 2004 - Education - 317 pages
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Carol Mullen contends that in today's education climate there exists an urgent call for university faculty to take responsibility for reforming university preparation programs. She uncovers vital information about the needs of the nation's schools that can be reflected in program content and policy reform. Otherwise, the least effective of these programs could be eliminated, as has already occurred in some states. This book should help principal preparation programs that are behind the times to move forward. Such programs can thus be expected to be aligned not only with the expectations of universities, policymaking bodies, and the public, but also with school districts and practicing school leaders. Schoolteachers who aspire to school leadership will also benefit from this book, as Mullen speaks to them directly through the idea of peer administration groups. School practitioners who carry mentoring and evaluative responsibilities will also profit from learning about new school leaders' experiences of socialization, adjustment, and survival, as well as their conceptualizations of what matters for school leaders to know about the job itself.
 

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Contents

Trekkers Travelogue Benefits and Landscape Features
3
Perspectives Backpacking with Binocular Vision
10
Orientations Charting the Course at Base Camp
26
Snapshot Research Travelogue Summary
39
Outcomes Topographic Research Patterns
44
Knapsack What to Pack for Your Virtual Trek
72
What Practicing School Leaders Say about Their First Administrative Trek and Then Some
85
Mountaineering Boots Conditioning Preparation
87
Lantern Knowledge Source
218
Climbing the Summit Using Signposts Signal Flares and Backpacking Tips
237
Charting a Trail That Traverses the Summit
239
Leaving Footprints on Everest
249
School Leadership Expedition Glossary
259
Annotated Bibliography on Early Career Socialization
265
Survey Questions for Early Career Administrators
275
Matrix Results of Administrator Survey for All Florida Counties
281

Map Inventory Survey
99
Compass Direction Indicator
118
Swiss Army Knife Basic KnowHow
129
Rope Mentoring Scaffolds
144
Journal Emotional Expression
159
FirstAid Kit Coping Skills
176
Ax Accountability Climate
189
Tarp RealWorld Experience
203
Focus Group Questions for Early Career Administrators
287
Focus Group Workshop Evaluation Form
289
Application of Florida School District Structure to Study
291
References
295
Index
313
About the Author
Copyright

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Carol A. Mullen is an associate professor of leadership studies at the University of South Florida. She specializes in graduate student development, innovative forms of mentorship and collaboration, the process of principal preparation, and exemplary leadership within challenging school contexts. She teaches a variety of master's and doctoral courses, in addition to supervising a large group of dissertation writers within a thriving cohort called the Writers-in-Training (WITS).

Mullen has published over 98 journal articles and book chapters, and, as guest editor, 11 special issues of academic journals [most recently, Journal of School Leadership, (ScarecrowEducation), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry]. Additionally, Mullen has published four other books; Breaking the Circle of One: Redefining Mentorship in the Lives and Writings of Educators ["Exemplary Research in Teacher Education Award" winner, from the American Educational Research Association (Division K) in 1998], New Directions in Mentoring: Creating a Culture of Synergy, The Postmodern Educator: Arts-Based Inquiries and Teacher Development, and Imprisoned Selves: An Inquiry into Prisons and Academe.

Dr. Mullen is recipient of the 2005 Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (FASCD) Excellence Award. The category in which she was recognized is Excellence in Instructional Supervision.

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