The leadership practices of district administrators in a secondary school improvement initiative in a large school district

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  • Educational leadership.,
  • High school principals.,
  • School superintendents.,
  • School management and organization.,
  • Educational change.

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This study examined the leadership practices of the director and superintendents in one large school district as they undertook the restructuring of the secondary school department head role. Reasons for the restructuring, along with conditions in the district that both fostered and constrained the initiative, were also investigated. Secondary schools were asked to develop an alternate, non-traditional model for department heads, one that would meet their school-specific needs. The study extended longitudinal research by Hannay and Ross (1996, 1997a, 1997b, 1999) inquiring about the same district initiative, but with a focus on district-level responses to the restructuring initiative.Respondents identified 21 district conditions that either fostered or inhibited the initiative. Most of these conditions were perceived to inhibit the initiative. Only a few were seen to assist schools" efforts to implement the change successfully. Respondents proposed 36 future actions that would improve on their experiences implementing the restructuring initiative. Thirteen of these were identified by both district administrators and principals, and focused mainly on improving district administrators" leadership practices.Results identified 13 perceived reasons for the restructuring initiative, nine of which were shared by both district administrators and principals. There was considerable agreement that the main reason for the initiative was to change the traditional nature of the department head role.Respondents identified 27 leadership practices used by the director and superintendents in their efforts to move the restructuring initiative forward. In comparison with a comprehensive set of transformational leadership practices derived from the literature, results indicated that the district administrators enacted one dimension of transformational leadership reasonably well (individual consideration/support), but enacted most other practices associated with transformational leadership either poorly or not at all.Evidence for the study was provided through interviews with a sample of seven district administrators and fifteen secondary school principals, almost all of whom had been involved with the school improvement initiative since its initiation in 1994. Interviews lasted about ninety minutes, and were tape-recorded and subsequently transcribed for analysis.The study concludes by identifying lessons for district administrators and implications for future research. A revised framework for the study is also presented.

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Statementby Elizabeth Anne Selby.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (in various foliations).
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22716162M
ISBN 100494076321

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