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ERIC Number: EJ874763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Walking a Fine Balance: The Life History of a Woman Principal
Fennell, Hope-Arlene
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v6 n2 p93-113 Apr 2008
This article describes the leadership journey of Kathryn, an educational leader, in relation to current research on women's experiences as educational leaders. This life history was developed as a grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) study. Conducted over a two-year period, the semi-structured interviews used to conduct the study were influenced by Van Manen's (1992) work on life history interviews as a means of studying individuals' lived experiences. The interviews were triangulated through field note observations and document analysis. In addition to exemplifying life history as a research method, a framework for studying leadership development emerged based on the themes: commitment, personal competence, sense of self-esteem, reflection, appreciation of others, open communication, problem-solving, power sharing, collaboration, shared decision-making, and sense of visioning. The themes were explored in relation to the early years, the early career, and the leadership career of Kathryn as a principal. The findings remind us that many of the qualities closely linked with transformational leadership begin during family and early school life. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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