This book describes eight different models of decision-making, compares the models, and illustrates how to use each model with real cases from schools.  The frameworks include; classical, administrative, incremental, mixes scanning, political, and garbage can models as well as two models of shared decision making.  After illustrating the use of these decision-making models to analyze and develop solution strategies, students have the opportunity to explore about fifty actual cases to build their own analyses and solution strategies. New to this edition:

  • A contingency model of decision making is developed to guide students to appropriately match  decision strategies with the specific problem at hand (Ch. 5).
  • Nine common traps of decision making are revealed and suggestions for avoiding and escaping from these traps are offered (Ch 2).
  • Two dozen new studies on decision-making strategies are added to the analyses throughout the text.
  • New, contemporary cases throughout the text provide students with the opportunity to learn from and deal with the most current issues in schools, such as violence, curriculum issues, participative management, sexual harassment, dirty dancing and accountability.