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ERIC Number: ED407403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 44
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Researching a Principal's Leadership Practices on Behalf of Adult Development: A Four-Year Ethnography.
Drago-Severson, Eleanor E.
This paper presents findings from a 4-year ethnographic research study into school leadership relating to how a particular principal with a well-informed adult development perspective actually employed it through her practices in support of teacher development in a school. This work focuses on leadership, adult development, and teacher development while studying the philosophies and practices of a principal's leadership for supporting adult growth and development. Findings illustrate how adult development theory might be bridged to leadership practices aimed at supporting the development of the mind (transformational learning). Learnings include: (1) what leadership for adult development is; (2) how three specific leadership initiatives ("teaming"--sharing in work, "providing leadership roles"--sharing authority, and "collegial inquiry"--reflective practice) related to the principal's leadership philosophy; (3) how her initiatives worked within a school context as tools to support teacher development and transformational learning; and (4) the importance of reflective practice for school principals so that they may become better able to support the development of other adult community members. This case study illustrates a qualitatively different way of thinking about staff development and transformational learning in adults. (Contains 43 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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