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Haiyan, Qian; Walker, Allan; Xiaowei, Yang – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
A positive teacher learning culture is important to effect meaningful changes in schools. Literature has established that successful school leaders can build and nurture learning cultures among teachers. However, less is known about how school leaders can shape the culture and make learning conditions happen at the schools in the Chinese education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Schools, School Culture
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Li, Yuk Yung – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Despite decades of research, little is known about the dynamics of sustaining change in school reform and how the process of change unfolds. By tracing the nine-year reform journeys of four primary schools in Hong Kong (using multiyear interview, observational, and archival data), this study uncovers the micro-processes the schools experienced…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Elementary Schools
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Hartman, Rita J.; Johnston, Elizabeth; Hill, Marty – Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 2017
A descriptive case study approach is employed using a content analysis of the blogs of 36 school leaders who took part in the 2016-2017 Shadow a Student Challenge project and follow up interviews of five of the school leaders. This research was used to explore and describe how an empathetic design approach provided a greater vantage point for…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Educational Change, School Culture, Empathy
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Brown, Goldy, III – Education, 2016
This study investigated leadership supports provided by an elementary principal of 15 years in a high performing diverse school. Employing document analysis and interviews, the researcher gathered and analyzed data in an effort to identify those leadership strategies that could be replicated at other school sites. The study identified the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Administrator Role, Academic Achievement
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Day, Thérèse; Prunty, Anita – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
While much progress has been made in relation to including students in mainstream education in Ireland, significant challenges remain. Despite positive attitudes, the implementation of effective inclusive practice at school level persists as one of the most pervasive challenges. This study investigated how six Irish schools, three primary and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Elementary Schools, Special Needs Students
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DeMatthews, David – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2015
Social justice leadership in high-poverty urban schools is complex. Principals experience a range of feelings and emotions while practicing social justice leadership with implications on their leadership. This article presents a qualitative case study of an elementary school principal in an urban setting and how she led to create a more inclusive…
Descriptors: Principals, Case Studies, Social Justice, Instructional Leadership
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Gedifew, Matebe Tafere – Educational Research and Reviews, 2014
Educational change and reform initiatives currently prevailing at global, national, and local levels seem to require school systems and school leaders to be instructionally focused. A focus on instructional leadership seems to entail, among other things, restructuring of the schools' instructional leadership system in a way that can actively…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Elementary School Teachers
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Ward, Cheryl James – Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, 2013
In the following study, the researcher, an experienced leadership coach and former principal, observed the leadership practices of a first-year principal over the course of one year as student achievement at his school increased dramatically. Employing participant observation, document analysis, interviewing, and administration of a teacher…
Descriptors: Principals, School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Achievement Gains
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Luebke, Linda – Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 2013
Music education leadership in public schools has often been the responsibility of a department chair or a district music supervisor. Nevertheless, budget constraints have forced districts to consolidate supervisory positions, frequently eliminating district chairs in music and the arts among other curricular areas. Without a strong advocate at the…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Instructional Leadership, Music Teachers
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Scanlan, Martin – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
This study creates life history portraits of two White middle-class native-English-speaking principals demonstrating commitments to social justice in their work in public elementary schools serving disproportionately high populations of students who are marginalized by poverty, race, and linguistic heritage. Through self-reported life histories of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Social Justice, Principals, Biographies