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ERIC Number: ED554306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-8352-2
Female High School Principals in Rural Midwestern School Districts: Their Lived Experiences in Leadership
Bartling, Ellen M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
This study was explored the leadership experiences of female principals of rural high schools in a Midwestern state. The study sought to describe the leadership styles used by these principals to make changes within their schools. Qualitative methodology was used, and four female rural high school principals were interviewed during a series of four hour-long sessions. Transcripts of these interviews were then reviewed and themes identified. The findings of the study revealed that the principals received informal mentorship and ongoing professional support and that the rural community required them to serve as community role models, effective communicators, and change agents who respected tradition. The effects of sex role stereotypes appeared through the rural communities' acceptance and application of the traditional androcentric definition to the high school principal position. The principals favored a relational style of leadership coupled with care-focused decision-making. They expressed a need to care for the welfare of students and faculty and make changes that enhanced learning opportunities for their students. They sought to empower all stakeholders in order to foster collaboration that produced changes to improve student learning. They circumvented their communities' practice of maintaining the traditional status quo by employing a "power with" instead of "power over" leadership structure. [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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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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