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ERIC Number: ED466017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Culture in Educational Administration: Competing Values and Expectations.
Woodrum, Arlie
Schools have become learning centers for a very diverse (ethnically and racially) student and faculty body. Unfortunately, much of a principal's education does not include cultural awareness as an important facet of building and maintaining leadership. This paper explores the way a newly appointed Latina principal works with her school faculty members and the various ethno-racial groups of the school community to strengthen their inner-city school. It focuses on how differing cultural values shape community expectations of their school, its leader, and how these values influence their individual and group interactions. Examples of cultural values that clash include the principal's need of a hierarchy of authority and power; the teachers' being more collegial and relaxed in their comportment; white parents' valuing efficiency, assertiveness, and individuality in education and in the school leader; and the African-American community's need to have a personal connection with the principal for building social and moral capital. Principals need to be taught about cultural values and how they influence people's expectations, if they are going lead multiethnic, multiracial schools effectively without marginalizing or alienating important parts of the similarly diverse school community. (Contains 48 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).