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The SAGE Handbook of School Organization

The SAGE Handbook of School Organization

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December 2018 | 752 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of School Organization provides a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights school and system organisational structure, processes and dynamics coupled with insights into important theoretical foundations from diverse perspectives.


This volume is designed to provide a much-needed, critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organisations operate.


Michael Connolly, David Eddy-Spicer, Chris James & Sharon Kruse
Chapter 1: Introduction to the handbook
Part 1: Schools as organizations
Bob L. Johnson Jr.
Chapter 2: Organizations, organizing, and schools: Accessing Theoretical Tools and Models in Organization Theory
Daniel L. Duke
Chapter 3: Historical Perspectives on Schools as Organizations
Part 2: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations
Tony Bush
Chapter 4: Conceptions of the leadership and management of schools as organizations
Stephen L. Jacobson
Chapter 5: Managing the School Organization
Gary L. Anderson& Ethan Chang
Chapter 6: Competing Narratives of Leadership in Schools: The Institutional and Discursive Turns in Organizational Theory
Catherine Farrell
Chapter 7: Governing and Governance of Schools as Organizations
Part 3: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations
Scott C. Bauer & S. David Brazer
Chapter 8: Structural perspectives on schools as organizations
Ebony N. Bridwell-Mitchell
Chapter 9: Too Legit to Quit: Institutional Perspectives on the Study of Schools as Organizations
Philip A. Woods
Chapter 10: School Organisation: Authority, Status and the Role of Love as an Integrative Power
Michael Connolly & Sharon D. Kruse
Chapter 11: Organizational Culture in Schools: A Review of Widely Misunderstood Concept
Priscilla Wohlstetter & Angela Gargaro Lyle
Chapter 12: Inter-Organizational Networks in Education
Izhak Berkovich & Ori Eyal
Chapter 13: Feelings, moods, and emotion in schools: Affective perspectives
David H. Eddy-Spicer & Chris James
Chapter 14: Boundary perspectives on schools as organizations
Chen Schechter & Haim Shaked
Chapter 15: Systems Thinking in School Organization
Peter Sleegers, Nienke Moolenaar & Alan J. Daly
Chapter 16: The Interactional Nature of Schools as Social Organizations: Three Theoretical Perspectives
Jaap Scheerens
Chapter 17: School Effectiveness and School Organization
Kathleen Lynch
Chapter 18: Inequality in Education: What Educators Can and Cannot Change
Jill Blackmore
Chapter 19: Theorising schools as organisations from a feminist perspective
Katherine Cumings Mansfield
Chapter 20: Queer theory perspectives on schools as organizations
Part 4: Organizing in Schools
Megan Tschannen-Moran
Chapter 21: Organizing in schools: A matter of trust
Howard Stevenson
Chapter 22: Understanding schools as organisations and the role of organised teachers: Perspectives on teachers' work and teacher unions
Melanie Ehren
Chapter 23: Schools as organizations: Accountability concerns
Daniel Muijs
Chapter 24: Organizational performance metrics for schools
Chen Yong Tan & Clive Dimmock
Chapter 25: National and transnational influences on school organization
Stephanie Chitpin & Colin W. Evers
Chapter 26: Decision-making and the school organization
Eric C.K. Cheng & John Chi-kin Lee
Chapter 27: Lesson Study: Curriculum Management for 21st Century Skills
Donald J. Peurach, William R. Penuel & Jennifer Lin Russell
Chapter 28: Beyond Ritualized Rationality: Organizational Dynamics of Instructionally-Focused Continuous Improvement
Julie W. Dallavis & Mark Berends
Chapter 29: Parental Involvement in Schools as Organizations: Examining Consistent Benefits, Persistent Challenges, and Emerging Issues
Andrew Wilkins
Chapter 30: Assembling schools as organisations: On the limits and contradictions of neoliberalism
Vincent Cho, Virginia Snodgrass Rangel, Anna Noble
Chapter 31: The digital age: Exploring the relationship between technology and schools organization
Christopher Chapman
Chapter 32: School-to-School Collaboration: Building collective capacity through collaborative enquiry
Daniel N. Sifuna
Chapter 33: Achieving Education for All: Organizational Issues in African Primary Schools
Pamela Woolner and Cynthia L. Uline
Chapter 34: The School Building as Organizational Agent: Leveraging Physical Learning Environments to Advance the Educational Enterprise
Part 5: Researching schools as organizations
Joelle Rodway & Alan J. Daly
Chapter 35: Defining Schools as Social Spaces: A Social Network Approach to Researching Schools as Organizations
Alice Huguet, Lok-Sze Wong, Christopher W. Harrison, Cynthia E. Coburn, & James P. Spillane
Chapter 36: Research use in schools: Theory and Evidence - A framework for understanding research use in school-level decision making
Andrew Townsend
Chapter 37: Practitioner research in schools as organizations
Cristian Bellei, Liliana Morawietz, Juan Pablo Valenzuela & Xavier Vann
Chapter 38: Critical issues for the study of school improvement: Contributions from a research program in Chile
Rick Mintrop, Elizabeth Zumpe, & Mahua Baral
Chapter 39: Design-Based School Improvement and Research for Education Leaders
Michael Connolly, David H. Eddy-Spicer, Chris James & Sharon Kruse
Chapter 40: Summary and reflections

The application of Organization Theory to Education has been a somewhat neglected area of study in recent years. Yet with so many school systems undergoing radical change it has never been more relevant. This volume draws on the expertise of a highly respected group of authors and promises to be a comprehensive and significant overview of the field.

Professor Tim Simkins
Sheffield Hallam University

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