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Organizational Behavior in Education: Adaptive Leadership and School Reform Hardcover – Jul 15 2006

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 9 edition (July 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205486363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205486366
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,027,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This text is laden with history, theory, and description. It serves as a foundation for the student’s future decisions...I personally believe it gives them a sense of the development of theory over time in the various areas covered. It gives them a basis for forming their own leadership styles, understanding that perhaps they are not a clear cut one size fits all but perhaps a bit of many theories and models. This text gives them this sense of the richness of theory and the realization that there is no one size fits all answers. However, it lays a foundation on which they can predicate future administrative decisions, reforms, and procedures." Patricia Helene Earl, Marymount University --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This text is the one text I have used that students consistently like reading and make complimentary remarks about in the course evaluation.”

 –Lora Knutson, Governor’s State University



The Ninth Edition of Organizational Behavior in Education relates the study of educational leadership to the challenge of how leaders can participate effectively in school reform. Throughout the text, readers are challenged to develop and act on a game plan for implementing school reform. Issues arising from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 receive major emphasis in this edition. As with earlier editions, Owens and Valesky continue to examine aspects of organizational behavior such as organizational culture, diversity, leadership, motivation, change, conflict, and decision making while maintaining high standards of scholarship and a lucid, readily accessible writing style.


New to This Edition

·         New coverage of important leadership perspectives such as emotional intelligence (Daniel Goleman), cognitive science, and the moral imperative (Michael Fullan), as well as the writings of noted scholars such as Deborah Meier, Howard Gardner, and William Ouchi have been added to keep this text current with the latest thinking.

·         Both a chart showing how this text thoroughly covers Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and chapter opening ISLLC connections to learning objectives have been integrated to readily highlight how this text matches these critical standards.

·         Revised end-of-chapter exercises and new suggested projects for students supplement the practical applications of this text.

·         All research and references have been meticulously updated to provide the most current and useful information to readers.

·         A new Test Bank and new PowerPoint Presentation are available online to adopters by contacting your local representative.


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Format: Hardcover
Book is in great shape. No missing pages, no markings inside. Cover is intact with no obvious wear and even the colour of the cover has not faded/changed. You can tell the book was used based on how easily the book can be opened etc, but no abuse of book was obvious.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not Boring Jan. 19 2007
By B. Dignan-Cummins - Published on
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I would have to say that most text books are written as though the teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is reading them, boring and mundane, but this book is written as though someone is talking to you. He goes off with some relevant side tangents to help you better understand the concepts. I appreciated this book for the topics covered and the manner in which they were addressed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not the Best Book Oct. 19 2009
By Robin Wilson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just completed doctoral comps at Liberty University. This book was one of the texts used in this program. I transferred into Liberty with a conferred Ed.S, so I had not taken this course at Liberty. When I found out this text was used in one of the courses for which you had to write a Comps response, I purchased the book. Even with the text, I had to search out other resources to answer the question appropriately. This book is okay, but did not meet my need.
Outstanding Book Jan. 5 2014
By ewan - Published on
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Every leadership/administration student MUST get this book. It is timely, information with a lot of examples that can be related to and the print is easy to read. The language of the book is easy to follow and can be internalized easily. It is a wonderful buy.

Okay March 26 2013
By Matthew D. Hennings - Published on
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This book was required for one of my courses... it is certainly full of good information and I will definitely reference it in the future
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A text book March 27 2012
By K. Elliott - Published on
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This book is well organized. I purchased it as required reading/textbook for a graduate class. I am still plugging away reading it for the class. It is packed full of information, studies, etc... related to organizational behavior in education.