The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents 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 the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. 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 organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 39: Design-Based School Improvement and Research for Education Leaders
[Page 666]One of the most important competencies of leaders everywhere is to make good decisions. Decisions at senior levels in school districts and similar organizations can affect large numbers of people and have far-reaching consequences, but even leaders’ decisions at a medium-sized school can affect many people. While many decisions are minor and made in a flash of recognizing past experiences in present situations, some are bigger. Often times big decisions demand that leaders be innovative problem solvers.
Innovation means the application of new inventions or ideas to existing organizational processes so that they may become ...