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ERIC Number: ED552319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2679-4283-8
Paying Attention to Culture: An Autoethnographic Study of a Principal in Transition
Klingaman, Danielle E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
Beginning a new principalship is a complex endeavor where novice and seasoned school administrators must follow a cautious and deliberate plan of action. Every school possesses a unique culture and identity that includes its history, traditions, norms, and values. Understanding and respecting this culture is essential as an outsider entering this established environment. New principals desire to make the smoothest and best possible transition into a school community and not adjusting for the culture can put new leaders at risk (Watkins, 2003). The central research question asks: What deliberate plan of action can a new principal follow to successfully transition into a new school culture and environment? Through the use of an autoethnographic research methodology, the researcher as the subject chronicled an administrator's transition into a new school. Using the key aspects of a culture study based on the theoretical framework by Kroeber, Kluckhohn, and Meyer (1952), the principal researcher sought to decipher the cultural codes of the new school. The principal researcher recorded this observational data through the lens of the five dimensions of a culture study: Historicity, Uniformity, Causality, Significance and Values, and Relativism. The results of this research suggest an effective framework for principals entering a new school setting looking to make a smooth transition while creating or maintaining a positive and high performing school environment. Findings revealed four significant themes for principals going through a transition with culture at the forefront of the process: understanding the history, listening and observing, learning the culture, and building trust. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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