ERIC Number: EJ901569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
Leadership for Change in the Educational Wild West of Post-Katrina New Orleans
Beabout, Brian R.
Journal of Educational Change, v11 n4 p403-424 Nov 2010
This study examines the perceptions of public school principals in New Orleans, Louisiana during the period of extensive decentralization in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Using the frameworks of systems theory and chaos/complexity theories, iterative interviews with 10 school principals form the core data which examines leaders' experiences in an increasingly market-oriented urban school system. The following themes emerged during constant comparative analysis: (1) the omnipresence of storm recovery in principals' lives, (2) the lingering presence of the pre-Katrina school system, and (3) the emerging inequalities of the post-Katrina system. The analysis also identifies several broader system change concepts including: the strange attractor of inequality, differential perturbance, requisite stability, and a need for system leadership to counteract inequality.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Urban Schools, Systems Approach, Comparative Analysis, Leadership, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Natural Disasters, Educational Administration, Equal Education, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana