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Applying Turbulence Theory to Educational Leadership in Challenging Times

A Case-Based Approach, 1st Edition

By Steven Jay Gross


192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In our increasingly complex world, the turbulent forces affecting educators have become vastly more dynamic, creating complex challenges but, perhaps paradoxically, also unique opportunities. Reframing how to understand the drivers of turbulence, Applying Turbulence Theory to Educational Leadership in Challenging Times provides aspiring and practicing educational leaders with the theory and tools for understanding Turbulence Theory and its application to school contexts. Renowned author Steven Jay Gross explores how you can apply turbulence theory to respond to critical incidents, as well as how to address the tensions across various stakeholders, including the central office, principals, teachers, students, families, and communities. With over 20 innovative, case-based examples and discussion questions, this book explores how turbulence can be leveraged or minimized to increase creative opportunity and address dilemmas in schools.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Understanding and Applying Turbulence Theory

Chapter 1: Orienting yourself for the journey into a turbulent educational landscape

Chapter 2: Examining Turbulence Theory

Chapter 3: Applying Turbulence Theory to respond effectively to critical incidents.

Part 2: Putting Turbulence Theory to Work: The Cases

Chapter 4: Central Office Administrators: Encouraging Local Initiative versus Control

Chapter 5: Principals: Democratic Ethical Leadership versus Behaviors of Conventional School Leaders

Chapter 6: Teachers: Individual Agency versus Conformity

Chapter 7: Students: Equity versus a Narrow Equality

Chapter 8: Families and Communities: Citizenship versus Consumerism

Part 3: Conclusion

Chapter 9:Next Steps in Our Journey of Understanding and Applying Turbulence Theory

About the Contributors


About the Author

Steven Jay Gross is Founding Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network and Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

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