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ERIC Number: ED309572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Capturing Leadership in Action: Portraiture as a Collaborative Tool.
Mueller, Kathy; Kendall, Mary Anne
As a means of comprehensive preservice education, mentor principals were selected using both naturalistic and quantitative methodology. The ethnographic technique of portraiture was also chosen as a means to understand and study the human relationships within the school and to understand the work of the principals in the context of these relationships. Twenty-four nominated principal mentorship school sites were studied for one complete day by teams of three students, and group portraitures were compiled of each. When examining these portraitures, similarities in leadership style emerged. The mentor principals were student-centered in their approach and values; had integrated special programs for both handicapped and gifted students into the mainstream of the school; had redefined the structure of control to encourage leadership among all staff members; treated everyone with respect including students, teachers, and parents; attempted to provide a safe, secure environment for students; and showed a strong commitment to the improvement of the educational structure of their school. Political and ethical issues were excluded from the portraitures. The collaborative process of compiling these mentor portraitures blurred the boundaries between university faculty and school practitioners, helping each to better understand the other in the study of principals in action. (5 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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