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ERIC Number: EJ916090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Leading Change under Pressure: An Examination of Principal Leadership in Low-Performing Schools
Finnigan, Kara S.; Stewart, Tricia J.
Journal of School Leadership, v19 n5 p586-618 Sep 2009
Through case studies of 10 elementary schools in Chicago, this article examines principal leadership in low-performing schools. The data include 331 interviews with teachers, administrators, external partners, and others over a 2-year period. Using transformational leadership as a lens, we found that principals in schools that moved off probation in a short period articulated the school vision, provided support and resources to teachers, established collaborative structures and norms, developed commitment to collective goals, and managed the school. Their leadership responses were closely linked to their interpretation of the accountability policy. All the principals centralized decision making. Our study suggests that districts should carefully assign to these schools leaders with appropriate knowledge and skills and reassign ineffective principals given the critical role that principals play in bringing about improvement under pressure. (Contains 6 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois