Quandaries of School Leadership

Voices from Principals in the Field

  • Debra J. Touchton
  • Mariela A. Rodríguez
  • Gary Ivory
  • Michele Acker-Hocevar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Debra J. Touchton
    Pages 1-7
  3. John Mancinelli, Michele Acker-Hocevar
    Pages 9-36
  4. William Ruff
    Pages 47-71
  5. Karina I. Vielma, Gloria Jean Martinez, Mariela A. Rodríguez
    Pages 93-104
  6. Betty Alford, Julia Ballenger
    Pages 105-125
  7. Chad R. Lochmiller, Colleen R. Pawlicki
    Pages 181-206
  8. Donna Augustine-Shaw, Robert Hachiya, Teresa Northern Miller
    Pages 207-223
  9. Gary Ivory, Rhonda McClellan
    Pages 225-238
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 239-248

About this book


This book provides insights into the everyday practices of school leaders as told through the real-life stories of principals.  The editors and their contributors blend practice with theory, helping aspiring leaders to discover that school leadership is not simply putting prescribed solutions into action, but a constant encounter with quandaries that demand thinking, responding, and adjusting to the situations at hand. Readers build their capacities to view quandaries from multiple lenses, consider a variety of responses, and draw conclusions based on perspectives that may vary from those initially identified. The chapter authors encourage a sharper self-awareness of what scholars value and envision about education, encouraging them to think about how to navigate decision-making through a variety of theoretical frameworks and practices while balancing their own leadership platform development.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Debra J. Touchton
    • 1
  • Mariela A. Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Gary Ivory
    • 3
  • Michele Acker-Hocevar
    • 4
  1. 1.Stetson UniversityCelebrationUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.Educational Leadership and AdministrationNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  4. 4.Washington State University Tri-CitiesRichlandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59119-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59120-9
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