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ERIC Number: EJ842497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-2
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Trust in the Contemporary Principalship
Noonan, Brian; Walker, Keith; Kutsyuruba, Benjamin
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n85 p1-17 Nov 2008
The social relevance of trust and the principals' obligation to foster trust in schools have been strongly advocated. This paper describes an in-depth, qualitative study that engaged a group of twenty-five Canadian school principals over a period of seven months, exploring the issues of trust as it affects principals' roles and responsibilities. Four central concerns were identified by the participants: i) defining trust, ii) establishing trust, iii) maintaining trust, and iv) trust breaking. The principals' multiple relationships produce a complex web of issues related to trust; including intensity of relationships and the contingent role of school principals in trust brokering within learning communities. This research has further established a basis for on-going examination of the nature, extent, and effect of trust relationships in the lives of school administrators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada