ERIC Number: ED396413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Creating a Caring School Environment: An Administrator's Story.
Lyman, Linda L.
This paper presents findings of a study that explored how staff and parents experienced one school's environment, particularly, the relationship between the principal's caring leadership and the school's environment. The Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Center in Peoria, Illinois, served preprimary and primary grades. Seventy-five percent of the students were from low-income families. Data were obtained through observations, interviews with 61 staff members and 40 parents, and a survey of staff members. The words most frequently used by staff and parents to describe the school environment included "caring,""like a family,""warm,""nurturing,""challenging,""and "unique." The principal treated every person equally and with respect; did not limit himself or anyone else to a role; prioritized his time for sustaining relationships; supported and encouraged others as persons and professionals; listened and solved problems; and kept the mission focused and central. An implication for administrator preparation is that instructors can care for their students and share with them on an intellectual level about the complexity of caring. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).