Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership and Decision-Making Skills of High Poverty Elementary School Principals in an Era of Reduced Resources
by Spooner, Kevin Eugene, Ed.D., Portland State University, 2015, 194; 3722085
Abstract (Summary)

Recently, a great deal of interest has been generated around the role of principal and its effectiveness, especially its impact on improving teacher instruction and student learning. Waters, Marzano, and McNulty (2003) concluded that one quarter of all “school effects” on achievement can be attributed to principals. While there is general agreement on the principal’s importance and affect, do we understand how principals have adapted to changes in schools with reduced resources and increased learning needs of students? How have principals made decisions in an environment where resources have been reduced over time? Given the stories of retired principals from high poverty elementary schools, the purpose of this narrative inquiry is to understand how principals made sense of their experience when having to respond to decreasing resources and the need for increased student achievement. Participants in the study included retired principals from high poverty elementary schools who were employed during the time period extending from 2008 through 2014. Findings from the study make sense of the meanings elementary principals have constructed and attached to the phenomena of decision-making in times of financial reduction in order to help other principals who have been challenged by similar circumstances. Three categories of leadership styles and seven skill areas emerged in the study. Principals made use of these styles and skills in their responses to the crisis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Petti, Amy
Commitee: Everett, Margarett, Henry, Samuel, Reynolds, Candace
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Elementary education
Keywords: Decreasing resources, High poverty elementary schools, Narrative inquiry, Principal leadership, Student achievement, Title 1 schools
Publication Number: 3722085
ISBN: 978-1-339-04001-1
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