Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools (Paperback)
  • Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools (Paperback)

Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 04/02/2009
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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

- Strategies and practical advice for managing social networks in support of school goals

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412954440
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm

"In an era of accountability and simplistic management 'quick fixes,' it is refreshing to see a volume dedicated first and foremost to understanding and building human relationships in schools. By developing strong networks, schools can foster open systems committed to distributive leadership and exemplary academic outcomes." -- Sharon Conley, Professor
"The important message of this book-that tasks and people are important, but an understanding of power relationships and cultural bonds are crucial to effective leadership-is a message that must be understood by all who work to improve learning for all students in our schools." -- Stuart E. Gothold, Clinical Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California
"Provides an intriguing insight into the reality and power of the human relationships that exist in our schools. This work offers alternative strategies for getting things done just as it proposes a new paradigm for thinking about the fundamental organization of the school. Readers will think about how they can lead most effectively with a new and challenging perspective." -- Joanne Rooney, Codirector
"The authors have created a useful, practical, and compelling guide for school and district leaders as they navigate the complexities of school environments. They skillfully guide the reader to manage the school culture in ways to support student achievement and overall school improvement. The authors provide tools, strategies, and resources for site and district administrators to collect and analyze data about one of the most important and often-ignored resources: social capital." -- Delores B. Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
"A unique book in that it makes the invisible but powerful human dynamics among staff members within a school more transparent and user-friendly." -- Joy St. Pierre

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