ERIC Number: ED432653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Linking Leadership and Decision Making to the School Violence Issue.
MacDonald, Irene M.
Factors that influence principals in decisions related to violence in schools were studied through semi-structured interviews with 12 junior high school principals in a large western Canadian school district. Participants were selected on the basis of their known involvement in school violence prevention initiatives. Several decision-making process components were identified: (1) identifying the problem; (2) responding to internal and external influences; (3) making decisions; and (4) evaluating decisions based on perceived outcomes. The principals interviewed conceptualized violence not as a problem, but as a symptom and response by students to unfulfilled needs that could often be met by the school. These principals made their decisions based on their expectations of what an excellent schooling experience would offer the students and what the role of the school staff would be in providing this experience. Principals used many sources of influence and personal beliefs as filters through which they prioritized problem areas and determined the best course of action. (Contains 43 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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