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Ecology of Educational Systems : Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning - 04 edition

by Bruce D. Baker and Craig E. Richards

Ecology of Educational Systems : Data, Models, and Tools for Improvisational Leading and Learning (ISBN10: 0130977713; ISBN13: 9780130977717)
ISBN13: 978-0130977717
ISBN10: 0130977713

Summary: For graduate-level courses in educational policy and leadership.

With the ready availability of educational data, the need for school administrators and other educators to understand and manage data has grown considerably. To meet that need, this text offers a novel theoretical approach to school leadership and decision-making--Ecological Thinking--and a set of practical tools for data analysis and model-based decision-making using spreadsheet software and ...show more system dynamics models. Included are numerous data sets and specific examples of the use of the popular software Microsoft® Excel; several system dynamics models created by the software ITHINK6.0; a wealth of hands-on exercises; and, an introduction to the development of dynamic simulations.

Features :

  • An accompanying "data and models" Web site--Containing data, models, and documentation for all chapter problem sets and section simulations.
  • Simplifies the use of the Web site for working all of the in-text problems--helps students become comfortable with data analysis easily and quickly
  • The use of Microsoft® Excel--As the standard software for manipulating, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • Illustrates the applicability of this popular spreadsheet to statistical analysis--makes the case for simple, common sense tools over complex, harder-to-learn programs such as SPSS and SAS.
  • Use of real data--Including student performance data on thirteen countries from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Ensures students receive a realistic "feel" for handling and manipulating data--guarantees a broad diversity of financial, demographic, and economic data.
  • Activities that lead to preparation of a Policy Options Brief --Involving complex simulations and multiple forms of data.
  • Encourages the use of teams to involve students in interactive small-group learning--helps counter the isolating effects of hands-on computer work and facilitates the teaching of teamwork skills.
  • Introduction of ITHINK6.0--As an alternative software package for statistical analysis.
  • Allows students to study organizational processes by constructing models of those processes and running simulations--broadens the scope of the text beyond spreadsheet analysis.
  • Downloadable examples of system dynamics models--Including those of thinking archetypes as well as specific schooling issues.
  • Introduces students to classic system dynamics analysis--gets them "learning by doing" without having to gather and format their own data.
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Edition/Copyright: 04
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Merrill Education/Prentice Hall
Published: 12/22/2003
International: No

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