Contours of Great Leadership: The Science, Art, and Wisdom of Outstanding Practice

Contours of Great Leadership: The Science, Art, and Wisdom of Outstanding Practice

By: Mary Culver (author), Ric Brown (author), Rosemary Papa (author), Frank Davidson (author), Fenwick W. English (author)Paperback

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A contour is usually defined as an outline or the structure or characteristic of something. A contour line which is shown on a contour map indicates points of elevation. We think that all of these definitions fit Contours of Great Leadership. This book brings together many aspects of concepts and theories of leadership. It is an amalgam of ideas from the social sciences and the humanities woven together in the idea of leadership as an accoutrement, that is, a deliberate woven garment comprising science, art, experience, and craft knowledge. Thus we see leadership not as either/or an art or a science; or craft knowledge vs. scientific or research based knowledge, but rather as all of them combined and which occurs between followers and leaders within distinctive cultures and modes of communication. The importance of context and culture as the milieu in which leadership is acquired and learned is critical. In the end leadership is a performing art form, which while it can be studied scientifically, cannot be understood solely as a science without connecting it to the arts and ultimately to practice.

About Author

Dr. Rosemary Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in Learning Centered Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University- a position she has held since 2007. Her record of publications includes twelve books as author or co-author, numerous book chapters, monographs and over eighty referred journal articles. She has served as a Principal and Chief School Administrator for two districts in Nebraska, California State University system level Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Sylvan Learning, Inc., Faculty Director of a University-based Center for Teaching and Learning in California and founded two joint doctoral programs in Educational Leadership with University of California universities. She has worked internationally as a noted educator with expertise in leadership characteristics known as accoutrements, mentoring, adult learning and multi-media technology. Dr. Fenwick English currently is the R. Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a position he has held since 2001. Dr. English is the author or co-author of over thirty-five books and has presented his research over two decades at the American Educational Research Association Divisions A and L; National Council of Professors of Educational Administration; University Council of Educational Administration; British Educational Leadership and Management Society; and the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration. He and Rosemary Papa have co-authored many texts including Restoring Human Agency to Educational Administration: Status and Strategies (2010); Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools (2011); and Educational Leadership at 2050: Conjectures, Challenges, and Promises (2012). He was the President of NCPEA (2011-2012) and of UCEA (2006-07) respectively. As an educational practitioner he has held the positions of assistant principal and middle school principal (California); assistant superintendent of schools (Florida); superintendent of schools (New York); associate executive director of the AASA (Virginia); National Practice Director of Elementary and Secondary Education for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (Washington, D.C.); Department Chair-University of Cincinnati (Ohio); Dean, School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne and later Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs (Indiana). He is the acknowledged father of the curriculum management audit and has worked in many of the large urban school systems in the U.S. Dr. Frank Davidson began his career in education serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and has been a K-12 teacher and principal, curriculum administrator, and superintendent. He is the past President of the Superintendents' Division of the Arizona School Administrators; In 2000, he received the Arizona School Administrators' All-Arizona Superintendent Award for Large School Districts; and, In 2006, he was selected as Arizona Superintendent of the Year and was named as Arizona's nominee for the American Association of School Administrators Superintendent of the Year Award. He is the Superintendent of the Casa Grande Elementary School District, a position he has held since 1997. Dr. Mary K. Culver is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. Specializing in curriculum and instructional supervision, she has served as a program manager, director of satellite schools, assistant principal, and principal in the public school system of Arizona. She has published "Applying Servant Leadership in Today's Schools" and many articles on leadership, and serves as consultant to multiple schools in instruction and teacher evaluation. Dr. Culver graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in statistical history, and again with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with her terminal degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Ric Brown served 6 years as the Chief Academic Officer (Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs) at California State University, Sacramento until his retirement in 2007. In addition to being a professor for over 30 years, he also held the positions of Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Sacramento and Director of University Grants and Research at California State University, Fresno. His academic areas include statistics, research, measurement and evaluation. He has published extensively and has a book on higher education administration published in fall, 2008. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University (teaching statistics and higher education classes) and resides in Sedona, AZ.


Table of Contents Preface Foreword Dedication Chapter 1 A Prism for Understanding Great Leadership The Nature of Educational Leadership A Model to Discuss Educational Leadership The Fluid Nature of Identity The Nature of Accoutrements The Critical Questions in School Culture Bourdieu's Concept of Reflexivity vs. Reflective Thinking More than `Reflective Evaluation Craft' An Example of Reflexivity: Rational Choice Theory as a Silent Presupposition Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Great Leaders Chapter 2 Habits of Reflection and Focus on Instruction Maturation of Leadership Shared Leadership Focus on Instruction Hands-on Instructional Leadership Optimism Working Together Habitual Values Reflection Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Values Chapter 3 The Most Important Knowledge Begins with Self The Second Kind of Knowledge: The Anchor of Professional Practice Professional Practice Based on Dogma Leads to Tragic Mistakes The Fallacy of `Research based' Knowledge as Superior Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est: The Politics of Knowledge 1.Current Issue Analysis: The Great Leaders Mentoring Knowledge 2.Current Issue Analysis: Leading Curriculum Improvement 3.Current Issue Analysis: Student Retention in Theory and in Practice 4.Current Issue Analysis: Technology and Its Role in Teaching and Learning/Social Media 5.Current Issue Analysis: Trends of the Day in Common Core State Standards 6.Current Issue Analysis: Families and Communities Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Knowledge Chapter 4 The Acquisition and Refinement of Skills and Insights to Inspire Others Great Leaders Prioritize Teaching and Learning Great Leaders Build Strong Connections Great Leaders Maintain a Disciplined Focus Great Leaders Learn to Manage Efficiently In Order to Lead Effectively Great Leaders Choose to be Optimists Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Skills Chapter 5 Leadership Identity, Practice and Wisdom An Historic Example of an Accouterment for all time: Jeanne d'Arc The American Jeanne d' Arc: Rosa Parks From An Angry Young Man to a Person Of Ubuntu: An Example of Self-Transformation The Multifaceted Nature of Human Identity Contextual Changes: How the Model of Accoutrements Works Contextual Challenges to Educational Leadership+ Learning How to Become Great Leaders Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Identity Chapter 6 The Continuing Quest to Discern Leadership Contours Original California Study The Future Demographics of America: Microcosm Arizona Arizona Superintendents Principals-in-Training Arizona High Achieving Schools Administrator Focus Groups The Quest of Identity through the Contours of Leadership Chapter Learning Extensions Testing Your Understanding of this Chapter about Contours List of Exhibits, Figures and Tables Appendices Appendix A: The Learning Extensions Chart with Author Commentary Appendix B: A Brief Description of the Contexts of Great Leadership Appendix C: A Chronology of Peer-reviewed Research on the Accoutrements

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  • ISBN13: 9781610488310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781610488310
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 1610488318

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