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Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Necessity in an Information Age


reviewed by Francis M. Duffy - January 23, 2008

coverTitle: Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Necessity in an Information Age
Author(s): Theodore J. Kowalski, George J. Petersen, and Lance D. Fusarelli
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865883, Pages: 216, Year: 2007
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Effective communication is perennially identified as a key competency for managers and leaders in all kinds of organizations. Ineffective communication, unfortunately and ironically, is the norm; and ineffective communication is especially prevalent during times of great change in school systems. Kowalski, Petersen, and Fusarelli’s book aims to address this serious need in their new book, Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Necessity in an Information Age, which was written primarily for graduate students in professional preparation programs for school administrators. The authors’ approach to effective communication is through the lens of school public relations. They also use school reform as the context for their summary of literature about effective communication and they sprinkle in references to literature on organization development, change management, and learning organizations. Their commentary about communication through school public relations is comprehensive and well-documented. Their commentary about communication within the context of school reform, however, is a bit... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 23, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14913, Date Accessed: 12/8/2019 8:03:25 AM

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  • Francis Duffy
    Gallaudet University
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    FRANCIS M DUFFY is a Professor of Change Leadership in Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He is also the co-director of the new nationwide FutureMinds: Transforming American School Systems initiative launched by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He is the founding editor of Rowman & Littlefield Education's Leading Systemic School Improvement Series and the author of eight books on how to create and sustain systemic change in school districts.
 
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