ERIC Number: EJ848675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
A Turnover Tale: The Effect of Excessive Leadership Turnover in an Elementary School
Bayless, Linda K.
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n2 p129-135 Spr 2004
Mountain Valley Elementary's decade-long struggle to improve student performance naturally makes one wonder if an excessive turnover in curriculum leadership has had a significant effect on how the students and teachers perform. As a teacher and Title I facilitator at Mountain Valley for the past 12 years, this author has experienced the challenges that these turnovers have created, and finds it difficult to believe that these leadership changes have not adversely affected the school in its efforts to improve. This case study focuses closely on one particular leadership problem at an elementary school. By doing so, the author has been able to examine and heavily weigh the views of its staff members. Additionally, the literature on leadership turnover is also reviewed in order to further strengthen this exploration. Conversely, this study is limited from the perspective that it builds upon the views of a limited number of staff members. Because it was written during the summer when K-12 schools are not in session, it was difficult to gain access to more than a few people for the purpose of interviewing them. Analyzing the views of more staff members would add greater reliability to this case and its results.
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Faculty Mobility, Organizational Change, Administrative Change, Teacher Attitudes, Literature Reviews, Educational Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Performance Technology, Job Performance, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
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