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ERIC Number: ED555116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-1588-6
Effective Leadership Behaviors: How One Principal Made Sense of and Integrated Researched-Based Behaviors into His Daily Practice
Beidinger-Burnett, Heidi Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Western Michigan University
Unlike the principalship of yesteryear, today's principals are under great pressure to improve academic achievement for "all" students. Recent literature describes the need for principals to become instructional leaders whereby they can lead change and improve student achievement. However, a lack of quality principal preparation programs and a shortage of effective principals exist. Thus, principals are often unprepared or underprepared for their role. The purpose of this participatory action research study (PAR) was to follow the process of how one high school principal made sense of and integrated research-based leadership behaviors into his practice to lead the redesign of his school to improve student achievement while using a leadership coach. The Balanced Leadership Framework (Waters, Marzano, & McNulty, 2003) was utilized to study research-based leadership behaviors. In this case, I as a researcher served as the leadership coach as well. The PAR methodology allowed the high school principal and me to co-construct, analyze and interpret the process that he went through to effect change in his daily practice. As a result of our nine month study, there were several important findings that resulted in cognitive and behavior growth and changes for both the principal and me. We found that there were several practices that were essential to changing thinking and behavior: (1) a strong and trusting coaching relationship. (2) unrelenting reflection, and (3) honest and probing professional dialogue. We were successful in making sense of the framework leadership behaviors in the context of the principal's school and were also successful in translating several of the behaviors into daily practice. [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
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Language: English
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