Cano, Y., Wood, F., & Simmons, J. C. (Eds.) (1998). Creating High Functioning Schools: Practice and Research. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Creating High Functioning Schools: Practice and Research is the third volume of books stemming from the annual National Conference on Creating the Quality School. These articles represent the latest research and most innovative exemplary programs presented within the last two years (1996-1997). As described, the rigorous review process ensured that only the best articles were selected. These articles encompass such a diversity of issues in school improvement, that there is sure to be something of interest to every educator.

The book is divided into three sections:

Section I: Leadership for School Improvement

Section II: Classroom Practices for School Improvement

Section III: Innovation and Continuous Improvement: Technology and TQE in School


This book could well be used as a textbook in administrator preparatory programs. However, it also has appeal as a practical book of collected articles that will be of use and interest to practitioners in the field. While the theoretical chapters in each section lay a sound foundation, they are accompanied by chapters that spell out solutions as well as problems and empirical research from the field that is very current, cutting edge, and practitioner oriented. The editors were committed to including in this book the topics, discussions, and practical issues that are missing from other books in the field.

Section One: Leadership for School Improvement


Chapter 1. Leadership Styles for Total Quality Schools
Connie Ruhl-Smith and Bonnie M. Beyer

Chapter 2. Perspectives on the Principalís Resolve
Martin Jason

Chapter 3. Trust: The Quality Required for Successful Management
Martha Blake and Angus J. MacNeil

Chapter 4. The Deliberative Opinion Caucus: Improving Quality in School Decision-Making
Michael Connelly and Greg Moss

Chapter 5. Conflict Resolution: An Option for Educators?
Carolyn L. Tyree


Section Two: Classroom Practices for School Improvement


Chapter 6. An Intelligent Paradigm for Quality Education
Kamal Dean Parhizgar

Chapter 7. Collaborative Research Systemic Reform
Barbara A. Nye

Chapter 8. Are Nongraded Programs Providing Quality Education?
Barbara A. Nye

Chapter 9. A Field Test of a Full Inclusion Project
Feng S. Din

Chapter 10. Rural School Personnelís Perception and Categorization of Children at Risk: A Multi-Methodological Account
John Storer and Barbara Licklider

Chapter 11. Quality SchoolsóResilient Schools
L. Kay Forsythe and Barbara L. Licklider

Section III: Innovation and Continuous Improvement: Technology and TQE in School Improvement Introduction

Chapter 12. On-Line Learning and Authentic Assessment
Lee Hodges and Riley Hodges

Chapter 13. National Television News in Seven Districts
Roy Nasstrom and Anne Gierok

Chapter 14. Modeling Total Quality in the University Classroom
Carol F. Baker

Chapter 15. Modeling the Quality Classroom in Teacher Education
R. Timothy Rush and Diane Galloway

Chapter 16. Quality Schools Through Quality Leadership
Dean Sorenson and James Machell

Chapter 17. The Belles of Saint Maryís: A Rural Alternative School for Teenage Mothers
Rebecca A. Lee-Grigg