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ERIC Number: ED414637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 33
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A Passion for Excellence: Stories of Three Women in Leadership.
Fennell, Hope-Arlene
The Canadian Ministry of Education with support from school boards and teachers' federations, had hoped to see 50% of all positions of responsibility in school be undertaken by women before the year 2000. This paper discusses the meanings that three exemplary women principals gave to leadership and the ways in which they enacted leadership in their school contexts. Data were collected through six indepth interviews with each of six women principals in a large urban school board in northwestern Ontario, Canada. The interviews were conducted at 3-month intervals over a period of 2 school years. The paper reports on three of the principals. The women administrators had been principals for at least 1 year, had been successful and innovative teachers, and had other administrative experience. They were concerned with empowering teachers and students; establishing and maintaining strong instructional priorities; encouraging the social, cultural, and emotional development of students, student-student, and student-teacher relationships; and providing teachers with support and feedback. The findings lend support to the interpretive and functional perspective, which examines how leaders interpret and help their coworkers to tell their own stories and to view their school as unique. (Contains 38 references). (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada