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ERIC Number: EJ1158075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2470-8496
Managing the Ebb and Flow: A Case for Calling Forth Student Voice
Damiani, Jonathan; Wieczorek, Douglas
Journal of School Administration Research and Development, v2 n1 p8-17 Sum 2017
This case study explored how a principal in a suburban elementary school in the northeastern United States empowered students and used student voice to develop his own leadership. The researchers collected and analyzed data in the form of observations, principal interviews, and student focus groups. Results and discussion describe and explain how the principal engaged with students' perspectives to structure his experiences of school and learning. Also, results indicate that the principal's self-awareness of his instructional leadership actions, particularly regarding the inclusion of student voice and agency, is critical for effective and meaningful leadership. This case provides a new direction for developing and practicing school leaders to consider self-evaluation and reflection as part of ongoing leadership improvement, framed by the research-based concepts of instructional leadership, student voice, and perceptual congruence. Finally, the case study provides an opportunity for the field of educational research to open meaningful and often-overlooked discussions emphasizing the value of including students in models of shared instructional leadership and empowering youth as learners and leaders in their own right.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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