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ERIC Number: ED431222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 46
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Journey without Maps: Diverse Cultural Values and Leadership in School Communities.
Woodrum, Arlie
This paper draws upon a larger study that examined the experiences of a newly appointed Latina principal, the faculty members of her school, and the constituent school community in an attempt to understand how differing cultural values shape stakeholders' perceptions of their school and its leader. It also explores how these same values influence individual and group actions. To gather data for the study, all the teachers and the principal were interviewed four times. Fifteen families, whose children attended the school, were also interviewed. The researcher volunteered to teach classes so that she could better grasp the school's culture. The report provides a careful outline of the principal's arrival and the challenges that she faced in trying to save an urban elementary school with declining enrollment and an entrenched teaching staff. It describes how the principal was able to keep the school from closing by forming alliances with businesses and professionals, but, in the process, alienated much of the school community in doing so. The report describes what successful leadership means to different groups. It concludes that extant leadership models fail to capture the complexity of interactions in a single system, and it is essential to understand the system as a whole. (Contains 54 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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