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ERIC Number: EJ1203558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Perceptions and Strategies of a Middle School Principal: A Single Case Study of School Change
Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet; Thornton, Bill
Middle School Journal, v50 n1 p24-32 2019
The culture of a school is a critical component of school improvement efforts. However, changing the culture of a school is no easy feat. In this qualitative, single case study, we describe the perceptions held and strategies employed by one female principal newly assigned to a middle school in an urban setting. We examined the principal's perceptions about the challenges that she faced and the strategies she used, during a three-year timeframe, to turn around a middle school designated as chronically underperforming. Ultimately, the principal was able to move the school from a culture characterized as having poor academic performance to a place of engaged students. We identified the themes of demanding effective teaching, creating support systems, and shifting student discipline. We discuss these findings and their implications for research and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A