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Mills, Shirley J.; Huerta, Jeffery J.; Watt, Karen M.; Martinez, Jorge – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This study examined the perceptions of teachers and administrators with regard to AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) teacher leaders. The purpose was to compare whether teachers and administrators agree on the types of attributes needed for teacher leaders involved in implementing AVID as a school reform effort. Results revealed that…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Bennett, Jeffrey V.; McKee, Tiffany; Martin, Staci – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This case study describes collaboration between business executives and superintendents to influence local/regional K-12 educational change. Specifically, we examine participant like-mindedness about the ethics and appropriate focus of K-12 intermediary collaboration, the extent of democratic functioning, and key individuals to involve. Data…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Case Studies
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Su, Zhixin; Adams, Jeanne P.; Mininberg, Elliot – Journal of School Leadership, 2003
Comparative study of American and Chinese school principals' basic beliefs regarding education and schooling, their views on and role in school reform, and their visions of ideal schools in the 21st century. Finds striking contrasts between American and Chinese principals' views and visions. (Contains 47 references.) (Authors/PKP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change
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Patterson, Jean A.; Marshall, Catherine – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Case study of how teachers reacted to policy paradoxes related to a district's efforts to implement an inclusive special-education program. Examines how emerging teacher leaders attempted to make sense of several policy paradoxes within the context of ambiguous site-based management practices. (Contains 48 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Huffman, Jane B.; Hipp, Kristine A.; Pankake, Anita M.; Moller, Gayle – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Using data from extensive interviews of 20 principals and 20 teachers, examines difference between schools with high level of readiness in development of professional learning communities and those with low level. Discusses three characteristics that account for differences: proactive principal and teacher leadership, purposeful decision-making,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Principals
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Jenlink, Patrick M.; Kinnucan-Welsch, Kathryn – Journal of School Leadership, 1995
Examines the perspectives of administrators in Michigan school districts engaged in change processes. Responses from 83 administrators suggest a framing mechanism, or taxonomy, that represents the current state of change efforts in the state. First-wave, or state-mandated, change is driving most reform in Michigan at present. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Classification, Educational Change
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Hipp, Kristine A.; Bredeson, Paul V. – Journal of School Leadership, 1995
Findings from an exploratory study asking 10 principals and 280 teachers about connections between principals' leadership behaviors and teachers' sense of efficacy in middle schools involved in change indicate that there is a significant difference between general teaching efficacy and personal teaching efficacy. Principal behaviors related to…
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership
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Shields, Carolyn M.; Oberg, Steven Lynn; LaRocque, Linda J. – Journal of School Leadership, 1999
Explores district leaders' roles in implementing a year-round schooling reform. Examines experiences of four Florida districts, stressing social, political, and fiscal contexts. Leaders promote innovation by acting humanely and openly, and by eschewing unfulfillable promises. Creating widespread support, being flexible, and crafting a climate for…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Finance
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Osterman, Karen; Sullivan, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 1996
Based on interviews with newly appointed urban principals, this study concludes that internal and external factors interact to influence leadership behavior. External factors (role models, district expectations, and personal and organizational support) influence principals' sense of self-efficacy, which in turn affects their interpretation of…
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation
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Poole, Wendy L. – Journal of School Leadership, 1997
Teacher union leaders face an apparent paradox between dual interests--teachers' educational interests and self-interests. This case study of a small New York school district demonstrates how union members and leaders constructed the dualities differently and how these constructions influenced their behavior. The paradox-construction perspective…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Kytle, Angel Wonycott; Bogotch, Ira E. – Journal of School Leadership, 2000
Examines school reform efforts through a "reculturing," rather than a restructuring, lens, based on a sample of schools engaged with five reform models (Accelerated Schools, Coalition of Essential Schools, Comer's School Development Program, Effective Schools, and Success for All). A newly developed instrument enhances understanding of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Measurement Techniques
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Winter, Paul A.; Keedy, John L.; Newton, Rose Mary – Journal of School Leadership, 2000
A study asked 318 randomly selected teachers from Kentucky to rate validated job descriptions for school council vacancies. Teachers with greater numbers of dependent children and prior school-council experience rated these positions more negatively than did teachers with fewer dependent children and no prior experience. Implications are…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Influences, Occupational Information
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Alexander, Gary C.; Keller, Linda – Journal of School Leadership, 1994
Collaborative research effort between the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Office of Educational Leadership provided ethnographic data on the perceptions of principals at 22 schools participating in an educational transformation/shared-governance process. Findings show that awareness of obstacles to change is a necessary first step toward…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education