The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By by Dan McAdams
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New Books by Spillane, McAdams Released

James P. Spillane, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change, explores leadership practice in his newest book, Distributed Leadership. Spillane is known as the leading expert on distributed leadership.

Spillane’s new book examines how leadership takes place in schools today as it is distributed among teachers, administrators and specialists. His perspective provides insights into how leadership takes shape through formal school routines and tools, as well as informal interactions. The leader, the follower and the situation are seen as shaping the practice of leadership.

Distributed Leadership, published by Jossey-Bass, is grounded in five years of research through Spillane’s Distributed Leadership Study. Spillane is also the author of Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, and the director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences.

Identity and Story: Creating Self in Narrative, published by the American Psychological Association, is professor Dan McAdams’s fourth volume in the series The Narrative Study of Lives. Co-edited with Ruthellen Josselson and Amia Lieblich, the book features the writings of researchers and theorists examining the way the stories people tell create identity.

McAdams is a leader in the recent emergence within the social sciences of narrative approaches to studying human lives – approaches that place stories and storytelling at the center of human personality. His theory of identity argues that people give meaning and unity to their lives by developing life stories defining themselves. This book probes important current issues in the study of narrative identity.

A professor of human development and social policy, McAdams is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters and 14 books, including the recently released The Redemptive Self:  Stories Americans Live By. McAdams is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a winner of its Henry A. Murray Award, as well as a fellow of the American Psychological Society.

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