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Climbing the Himalayas of School Leadership: The Socialization of Early Career Administrators Paperback – 28 Jan 2004


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: ScarecrowEducation (28 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578861071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578861071
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.1 x 22.7 cm
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This book is a powerful expedition into the early career socialization of school leaders, told by those who are making the trek, along with their teacher, and co-learner, Carol Mullen. Dr. Mullen uses metaphor to explore the experiences and juxtaposes the voices of these school leaders with her own voice and that of other researchers. Her ability to weave these elements together brings the reader along as a fellow traveler. The text is not only a practical guide for novice leaders and educational leadership professors, it is also an excellent resource for the theoretician and researcher. It is informative, exciting, and enjoyable--a "must read" for anyone interested in the field of educational leadership.--Frances K. Kochan, UCEA president, 2002-2003 and interim dean and professor of Educational Leadership, Auburn University, Alabama

Dr. Mullen thoroughly examines an educational policy issue that should be among the foremost priorities of school districts nationwide--the recruitment, development, and retention of career administrators. Scholarship alone will not suffice. Leadership skills must be developed, and a commitment to public service fostered, as part of a process of continuous improvement that prepares career administrators for the challenges of today and tomorrow. To paraphrase George Mallory, present and future educational leaders should read this book because it deals with educational leadership issues at the most effective level, the school, and is based upon research that involves those that are practitioners in the field.--Earl Lennard, superintendent, School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida

The reader is asked to break new ground by letting himself/herself get into the metaphorical trekking mindset, moving from the customary passive participant to an interactive fellow hiker. We encounter Sherpa guides, hiking trails, base camps, climbing scaffolds, using a compass, and backpacking tips--all linked to the initial experiences of early administrators coping with their sometimes overwhelming new responsibilities. Indeed, it must look like a huge mountain at times for the beginning school leader for whom the images of summit climbing will be cogent and real. So get ready to do your own intellectual backpacking. Dr. Mullen's cognitive trails, reflections, ruminations, and celebrations leave one with a view from the top that is intense as well as interactive and breathtaking. Well worth the climb!--Fenwick W. English, R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Author

Carol A. Mullen is an associate professor of leadership studies at the University of South Florida. She specializes in graduate student development, innovative forms of mentorship and collaboration, the process of principal preparation, and exemplary leadership within challenging school contexts. She teaches a variety of master's and doctoral courses, in addition to supervising a large group of dissertation writers within a thriving cohort called the Writers-in-Training (WITS). Mullen has published over 98 journal articles and book chapters, and, as guest editor, 11 special issues of academic journals [most recently, Journal of School Leadership, (ScarecrowEducation), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry]. Additionally, Mullen has published four other books; Breaking the Circle of One: Redefining Mentorship in the Lives and Writings of Educators ["Exemplary Research in Teacher Education Award" winner, from the American Educational Research Association (Division K) in 1998], New Directions in Mentoring: Creating a Culture of Synergy, The Postmodern Educator: Arts-Based Inquiries and Teacher Development, and Imprisoned Selves: An Inquiry into Prisons and Academe. Dr. Mullen is recipient of the 2005 Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (FASCD) Excellence Award. The category in which she was recognized is Excellence in Instructional Supervision.


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