ERIC Number: ED373428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Principals and the New Paradigm: Schools As Learning Communities.
Boyd, Victoria; Hord, Shirley M.
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated the strategies that educational leaders use to implement change, the characteristics they bring to their role, and the contextual factors that influence their efforts toward change. The urban elementary school described in this paper was selected as one of five school sites in five states in the southwestern United States. Dibert Elementary School was located in a low socioeconomic neighborhood, served primarily African-American and Hispanic students, and had been involved in change. When threatened by school closure in the mid-1970s, Dibert became a magnet school. Data were collected through interviews with the principal, special education teachers, paraprofessional support staff, office staff, parents, and community members, and through indepth interviews with the school's past three principals. Findings analyze how the principals facilitated the emergence of the following four functions essential to change in a learning community--reducing isolation; increasing staff capacity; providing a caring, productive environment, and promoting increased quality. One table is included. Contains 29 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).