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1st Edition

A Case Study Approach to Educational Leadership

ISBN 9781138091078
Published July 9, 2018 by Routledge
218 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

A Case Study Approach to Educational Leadership takes on six core areas of school leadership—organizational vision; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; school and external community; school climate and culture; equity; and improvement, innovation, and reform. Using a case learning approach, this volume introduces salient theoretical and empirical literature in each core area and provides illustrative cases designed for individual and group analysis. Written for aspiring educational leaders, this book facilitates the discussion and reflection of individual and collective professional judgment and helps developing leaders make sense of the challenges school leaders face today.

Special Features:

  • Featured Cases direct readers toward the issues of practice embedded within the theoretical content area
  • Linkage to relevant Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) standards ground each chapter in the latest guidelines for the field
  • Discussion Questions foster reflection of content and practical applications
  • Leadership Activities and Web-Based Resources support leaders in making further connections to practice

Table of Contents




Chapter 1—Learning via the Case Method

Chapter 2—Organizational Vision

Chapter 3—Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Chapter 4—School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Involvement, and Engagement

Chapter 5—School Climate, Culture, and Professional Community

Chapter 6— Equity and Opportunity

Chapter 7—Improvement, Innovation, and Reform

Chapter 8—Ways Forward and Lessons Learned

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Sharon D. Kruse is Academic Director and Professor of Educational Leadership at Washington State University Vancouver, USA.

Julie A. Gray is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of West Florida, USA.


"A Case Study Approach to Educational Leadership provides students the opportunity to apply theory and research to practical situations using the case study approach. It encourages students to engage in critical reflection and will be useful in bridging the gap between theory and praxis. This book is an excellent resource for the study of educational leadership."
—Roxanne M. Mitchell, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Administration and Educational Leadership, The University of Alabama, USA