Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools

Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools

By: Daria Cook Waetjen (author), Ted Purinton (author), Terrence E. Deal (author)Hardback

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Discover how social networks can foster learning communities and promote school improvement! Social networks reflect the usually invisible relationships that control the power and flow of information within a school. This resource for school leaders examines types of networks-related to tasks, friendships, power, and culture - and provides tools for maximizing networks' positive schoolwide influence. You will find: samples of social network maps that illustrate the relationships among players in various types of networks; steps for developing your own social network maps using interviews, surveys, and data analysis; and, strategies and practical advice for managing social networks in support of school goals.

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Terrence E. Deal is the Irving R. Melbo Professor at University of Southern California's Rossier School. He is an internationally known lecturer and author who has written numerous books on leadership and organizations. In addition to those written with Lee Bolman, he is the coauthor of Corporate Cultures (with Alan Kennedy, 1982) and Shaping School Culture (with Kent Peterson, 1999). Ted Purinton is assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at National-Louis University in Chicago. His research interests are in organizational theory, educational policy, and innovation diffusion. He has worked with various organizations in their explorations of their own internal social networks. Daria Cook Waetjen is a veteran teacher, special educator, and administrator. Currently at the Orange County Department of Education in Southern California, her focus is on organizational innovations and school reform.


Acknowledgments About the Authors Foreword by Guilbert Hentschke Preface: What's in a Song? Lyrics to Green Door Introduction: The New Principal Encounters a Locked Door: Through a Smoky Cloud Outside Looking In Overview of the Book 1. A Glimmer of Networks: Saw an Eyeball Peepin' Business Research Predominance of Networks Impact on Schools Misreading Clues The Context of Leadership Managing Networks Finding Direction 2. Network Basics: Green Door, What's That Secret You're Keepin' Nuts and Bolts Network Players Whole Networks The Key to the Green Door 3. Limitations of Task Networks: Door Slammed, Hospitality's Thin There Searching for the Boss Turned Down by the Boss No Access Finding Access Awareness Resources Stephanie Relaxes the Rule Book 4. Friendship Networks: The Happy Crowd Finding Friends Someone Who Understands Me Someone Convenient The Impact of Comfortable Connections Emotional Contagion Informal Induction Jasmine's Cost-Benefit Decision Friendship and Productivity Antipathy and Its Problems The Blessings and Curses of Friendship Networks 5. Power Networks: Wish They'd Let Me In Politics as Usual Power Stars Power as Perception Power Players Baskets and Eggs Working the Power Networks Principals as Politicians 6. Culture Networks: They Laugh a Lot Behind the Green Door Stories and Traditions Ties That Bind The Way Things Are Done Around Here Tribal Leaders, Mavericks, Mavens, Gossips, and Spies The Door Ajar Cultural Players Trust Thy Neighbor The Spirit Moves Her: A Principal Assumes the Dais The Ghost of Garvey A Bonding Moment Reflecting on Garvey's Green Door 7. Scoping and Working the Networks: Midnight, One More Night Without Sleepin' Promises and Caveats of Network Study Beyond Individual Players Learning Communities, Culture, and Communication Making Sense of School Networks Opening a Can of Worms: Big Brother or the Future of Leadership Inside the Green Door Appendix: Research on Networks in Sociology, Business, and Education Network Literature Network and Related Literature in Education Our Endeavors in Social Network Analysis References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/01/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781412954433
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781412954433
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 1412954436

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