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ERIC Number: EJ888553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
"At Every Turn": The Resistance That Principals Face in Their Pursuit of Equity and Justice
Theoharis, George
Journal of School Leadership, v18 n3 p303-343 May 2008
This article details the struggles that principals faced as they sought to enact an equity oriented agenda. Utilizing a qualitative approach combined with principles of autoethnography, seven urban principals described the resistance they faced "at every turn" in their pursuit of equity and social justice. This resistance was produced by such factors as the scope of the principalship, the momentum of the status quo, obstructive staff attitudes and beliefs, privileged parental expectations, formidable bureaucracy, unsupportive central office administrators, prosaic colleagues, a lack of resources, harmful state and federal regulations, and principal preparation. These leaders also explained the physical and emotional toll they experienced as a result of facing this resistance. (Contains 15 notes, 1 table, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A