Mahoney, Daniel J.
Dr. Mahoney began teaching in the K-12 system in 1978. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University and currently teaches courses in the same field at this academic institution.2003 0-7734-6797-1
This book makes a major contribution to the scholarship of organizational analysis and leadership. It describes the imperfect world of school organizations as navigated by flesh-and-blood human beings – the leaders in this study are real people in real situations. It illuminates the ethical reasoning articulated by school principals in response to candid questions: why they chose to ignore, bend, or break rules; why they chose not to disclose factual information; or why they lied. Current administrators will find affirmation and validation in its theoretical grounding. Professors in graduate educational leadership programs will find integrity of scholarship, authentic descriptions of the realities of professional practice, and a means for promoting lively discussions. Scholars of organizational analysis and leadership studies will find a gold mine of data and future research suggestions.
This book presents a systems-thinking approach to challenges facing schools in Western Canada, such as the effects of serious illnesses on teachers, how principals cope with increasing demands and decreasing resources, how teachers perceive their ability to promote resilience, and the impact of being a minority on an individual’s self-esteem.