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ERIC Number: ED432059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 29
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From "I" to "We": Reflections about Leadership.
Gibb, Sharon A.; Gibb, Gordon S.; Randall, E. Vance; Hite, Steven
This paper reports on a study that investigated a top-down leadership approach that gradually shifted to a collaborative paradigm. It focuses on one junior high school's efforts to increase academic and social success for all its students. The restructuring process began when, for the first time, a female principal was hired in this 35-year-old school. She came with a new vision of leadership and of academic structure that featured total inclusion. Data were obtained through a review of artifacts (school minutes, meeting notes, and articles) and interviews (focus groups and individual interviews) of 10 target groups in the school. The results indicate that for the school to make meaningful change, the top-down or "I" characteristic of leadership had to be transformed to "we." A top-down process had occurred when the principal shared her vision for change that would promote the academic success of every student in the school. The development of community and leadership emerged through a process of teaming in which teams of 6 teachers taught inclusion groups that involved about 20 resource students for each team. As a consequence, communication within the school operated through individual and group meetings, and decision making was placed in the teachers' hands. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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