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ERIC Number: ED561537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 200
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-2660-5
Engaging Exclusionary Lines of Community: Principals' Understandings, from Theory to Practice
Parrish, Tasha Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Alabama
School-community partnerships have become one avenue for educators to invest in the child by partnering with sources beyond school walls. Yet, it has been argued that partnerships simply serve current interests and agendas (Anderson, 1998) and do little to offer authentic change (Auerbach, 2010; Popkewitz, 2004). Thus, school-community partnerships face the same fate as other reform efforts of reproducing the current system unless school leaders are willing to take the risk to critically examine those aspects of school and society that are so often seen as someone else's problem. Through this exploratory qualitative study, I interviewed nine principals in the Southeast, from rural, urban, and suburban regions. I asked questions to help identify how principals perceive their schools' host communities and discover what school-community partnerships the principals pursued, supported, or desired to have implemented within their schools. The study was conducted using a poststructuralist understanding of community as both "imagined" and existing within a discourse which excludes or devalues certain members (Anderson, 1983; Butler, 1993; Foucault, 1990). Data consisted of interviews of principals and parent-teacher organization (PTO) presidents, field notes, and archival data. Findings reveal principals occupy a precarious role in utilizing partnerships to improve their schools and communities for the students. The implications for this study underscore the need for a strong focus on self-evaluation of beliefs and understandings of community within principal preparation programs. [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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