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ERIC Number: ED436820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 6
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Expect the Unexpected! Elementary School Principals' Reactions towards Chaotic Events.
Akbaba, Sadegul
This paper reports on a study that examined the chaotic events that principals face at their schools. The article uses a postmodern approach, claiming that traditional linear modes of explanation do not address the situations that principals frequently face. The study was conducted at three elementary schools. The primary source of data was semistructured interviews, during which a chaotic circumstance was given to the subjects so as to explain what a chaotic situation looks like. The principals reported that they faced chaotic situations related to family, weather, students, staff, and the beginning of the school year. Their daily activities can be explained best by chaos theory, and the characteristics of chaotic cases used in the study were similar to the definitions of chaos theory and its tenets. The episodes did not align with typical cause-and-effect outcomes, and it was obvious that principals experienced chaos in their daily activities. They met these challenges through experience, critical thinking, and problem solving. Reflective learning and mental rehearsing were the two best methods used by principals to cope with chaos. Teaching chaos theory can help school principals be aware of how an organization renews itself and what processes an organization experiences during change. (Contains 14 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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