Synopses & Reviews
A volume in Research and Theory in Educational AdministrationSeries Editors: Wayne K. Hoy, The Ohio State Universityand Michael DiPaola, The College of William and MaryStudies in School Improvement is the eighth volume in a series on research and theory inschool administration dedicated to advancing our understanding of schools throughempirical study and theoretical analysis. This selection of readings highlights a number ofimportant factors in the stimulation and implementation of school improvement, includingtransformational leadership; change perspectives of teachers, principals, and thecommunity; strategies for instructional change; learning environments and school culture;dropout prevention; professionalism; trust relations between the teachers and the board aswell as trust between students and teachers; and admission decisions for educationalleadership programs. In addition, a number of new, reliable and valid measures are developed and presented for the firsttime-instruments to assess: 1) change perspectives of the faculty, 2) professionalism of teachers, and 3) trust relationsbetween students and teachers. These tools are valuable aids for both researchers and practitioners in their quest tounderstand and implement successful school improvement projects.