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The Handbook of Organization Development in Schools and Colleges Paperback – April, 1994


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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc; 4 Sub edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881337986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881337983
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Boone et al., Developing Programs in Adult Education: A Conceptual Programming Model, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577662297); Daresh, Supervision as a Proactive Process, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9781577664680); and Marion, Leadership in Education: Organizational Theory for the Practitioner (ISBN 9781577663942).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew A. Hoover on April 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
This handbook is essential to any school group interested in developing and maintaining OD practices within its organization. The book's core chapters focus on clarifying communication, improving meetings, solving problems, making decisions, and working with conflicts. Those chapters are framed by others which define and describe applications of organization development, macrodesigning and microdesigning an OD intervention, and how to institutionalize OD in colleges and schools. While the book is best used as a reference, it is also a thorough survey of the theory, methods, and skills that an OD facilitator requires to be effective.
OD interventions will generally take one of four macrodesign forms: (1) Survey-data-feedback (2) Training (3) Constructive confrontation and (4) Process observation and feedback. For each of these designs - which may at times need to be combined or reformed into complex macrodesigns - Schmuck and Runkel provide guidelines for planning an intervention. The goal of an intervention is not simply to solve the problem at hand - this would ultimately make an organization intervention-dependent - rather, to help the organization or a group within the organization enhance its capacity for improvement and change by focusing on the core processes of group work: Communication, meetings, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution.
In the chapter Clarifying Communication, the authors focus on interpersonal communication skills. They provide methods for identifying and improving communication gaps within an organization.
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