This volume focuses on organizational learning in schools and school systems. The compilation of studies reported in the volume range from developing intellectual capacities in individuals and teams to building intellectual capacity at the school and district levels. The volume also examines the effects of organizational learning in these settings.
List of contributors. Preface. Introduction: understanding schools as intelligent systems (K. Leithwood). Developing the Intellectual Capacitites of Individuals and Teams. District contributions to principals' situated learning (G. Coffin, K. Leithwood). School leadership teams: factors that influence their development and effectiveness (J.H. Chrispeels et al.). Exploitation or exploration? Secondary school administrative team learning (A. Scott). Building the Intellectual Capacities of Schools and Districts. Conditions fostering organizational learning in schools (K. Leithwood et al.). Leadership, culture, and organizational learning (B. Larson-Knight). Systems Thinking/Systems Changing(tm): a computer simulation for learning how to make schools smarter (P. Hallinger et al.). District approaches to capacity development in schools: a review of the possibilities (R. Elliott). Organizational learning in educational policy systems (J.G. Cibulka). Diagnosing the extent of organizational learning capacity in schools (D. Dibbon). Organizational Learning Effects. The capacity for organizational learning: implications for pedagogical quality and student achievement (H.M. Marks et al.). Leadership for organizational learning in Australian secondary schools (H. Silins et al.). The transformation of secondary schools into learning organizations (B. Sheppard, J. Brown). Conclusion: what we have learned about schools as intelligent systems (K. Leithwood).