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ERIC Number: ED426445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-16
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Leadership in Two Secondary Schools with a Reputation for Success.
Foster, Rosemary
This paper reports on an investigation of how students, parents, and staff of 2 schools with reputations for success (they were among 21 schools in the Canadian Education Association's Exemplary School Project) experience and understand leadership. Specifically, the study, guided by a constructivist conception of leadership, sought to find out how students, parents, and staff members perceive the formal organization of the school; perceive the school culture; perceive and experience routine activities within the school; and perceive and experience nonroutine occurrences within the school. Data for the study were gathered between September 1996 and January 1997. The methods of collection included interviews with staff members, students, and parents; regular observations of classroom, hallway, and extracurricular activities; and observations of school meetings. Relevant school, school district, and government documents, including school handbooks, yearbooks, newsletters, and school board policy manuals were also collected for analysis. Findings raise some caution about the potential success of mandated shared-governance models that may not necessarily allow sufficient time for the kind of cultural changes capable of supporting a move from "vision" to "shared philosophy." Teacher leadership was found to be important. The principal, student, and parent respondents in both schools believed that each school's reputation for success was due largely to the efforts and expertise of the teachers. They also believed that the small size of the schools was a critical factor in supporting respectful relationships, and a positive school environment. However, both schools showed evidence of confusion between leadership and management, an elusive understanding of relationships, and competing theories and notions about what leadership is. Forty-five references are included. (JMD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada