Book Reviews

Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators

by William Hayes


Reviewed by Sandra Lowery
Interim Department Chair, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

In Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators, author William Hayes provides real dilemmas over budget cuts, sexual harassment, ethnic issues and sundry moral and legal situations.

The case studies are short, to-the-point narrations of actual situations unfolding in schools and districts across the nation. With different names and faces, the reader can visualize any one of these scenarios happening in school tomorrow.

Hayes, who chairs the teacher education division at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., sets the stage for each case study with a brief abstract, and his accompanying study questions offer a sensible starting point for group discussions with staff or graduate students. There are no simple answers for these questions. Readers are challenged to use their problem-solving skills to deal with the ambiguities and complexities of school leadership.

The obvious reality of each case study makes this book an excellent tool and provides opportunities for reflection. The reader can easily ask, "How would this dilemma work out in my district?"

(Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators by William Hayes, Scarecrow Press, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706, 2000, 160 pp., $29.50 softcover)