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Leading Learners, Leading Schools

reviewed by Kristina A. Hesbol - 2004

coverTitle: Leading Learners, Leading Schools
Author(s): Robin Brooke-Smith
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415274990, Pages: 124, Year: 2003
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Robin Brooke-Smith writes a compelling book about school leadership grounded in the reality of experience in the field, having served as a principal of two unique schools. He knows first-hand of the escalating challenges faced by school leaders in today’s turbulent times. Continuous clashes of cultures typify the context which instructional leaders delicately attempt to navigate. On one hand, accountability from state and federal mandates demands external indicators of improvement, predominantly increased test scores. In contrast, in this book the author provides the reader with provocative/contemplative questions which frame a conversation about deep understanding, systems thinking, and organizational change – central tenets of a genuine learning organization (Senge, 1990). How can schools learn as a generative process? How can they become adaptive and co-evolve with their internal and external environments? How can educational leaders ‘navigate’ their institutions into what we will call the creative state (at the ‘edge of chaos’), which is also the growing zone and is not always the ‘comfort zone’? ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 880-883
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11239, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 6:38:28 AM

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  • Kristina Hesbol
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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    KRISTINA A. HESBOL is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Education. Her primary research interest focuses on learning organizations.
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