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ERIC Number: ED570251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3397-7785-6
Puerto Rico School Principals: Leadership Perceptions and Practices in Schools in Need of Improvement
Gonzalez, Jacqueline Bocachica
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fordham University
The phenomenon of school leadership in Puerto Rico is explored in this study, which was an examination of the perceptions and practices of 12 elementary school principals. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory that functions within a unique political structure yet is held to the same standards as all U.S. districts. The primary method of data collection in this qualitative study was in-depth interviews. Data were analyzed according to research questions designed to elicit principals' perceptions of accountability and leadership practices they executed to improve student achievement. Principals' insights about the supports and hindrances to their work are included. Among the eight themes emerging from the study were: principals perceived accountability mandates as necessary but unfair; they prioritized clear expectations and focused on instruction to improve their schools; and they indicated that bureaucratic processes and limited resources hindered their work. Most principals, however, describe their leadership role as a vocation. Recommendations for policy and practice included the need for increased equity in resource allocation to Puerto Rico's schools and improved leadership development and support. Suggestions for future research included an analysis of educational policy development and strategies for sustaining the improvement of public education in Puerto Rico. [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: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico