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ERIC Number: ED421769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration of Strategies which Elementary Principals New to Their Schools Use To Learn about Their School Culture.
Langston, Randall; McClain, Glenn; Stewart, Betty; Walseth, Jerry
This qualitative study asked three elementary principals what they did to learn about their school's culture, what informative sources were available, and what hindered their progress. The two principals having a successful year were aware of and responded to school culture; employed various strategies for gathering information from numerous sources; accessed a rich support network; identified themselves as their schools' leaders; maintained an enriched, orderly school environment; and had multiple, successful experiences involving their entire school communities. The principal intending to leave accessed few information sources; did not perceive the existence of a support system; identified personal, rather than school successes; perceived herself as a reading teacher, not a school leader; and was employed in a disorganized, unpleasant environment. The study implies that new principals should: develop an extensive information network; access a variety of support sources; distill and articulate the root meaning of culture; and understand the school's culture. Study limitations and recommendations are discussed. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado