Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of leadership on the collaboration of adults in the transformation of school culture from punitive to positive
by Harshaw, Philomena, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2015, 146; 10180766
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this retrospective evaluative case study was to explore evidences of how an urban school administrator implemented transformational leadership involving teacher collaboration to create positive change in school culture. Leadership embodies purpose, personal attributes, and the ability to influence and persuade others to achieve goals. It is based on the principle of helping people reach their highest personal success with ethical and moral responsibility (Burns, 1978). This study examined the impact caring, transformational leadership had on school culture. Educational leaders can benefit from this study, as it may assist in refinement of leadership styles that affect change in school culture. The literature review examined various leadership theories, pedagogy of care, teacher collaboration, and teacher-student relationships, factors that influence school culture.

This study was conducted in an urban school during one school year. The researcher used a mixed method approach to show leadership had a positive influence on school culture. Building administrators, attuned to organizational dynamics of school and staff, initiate positive change with caring and nurtured accountability. They accept staff's perceptions about factors that impede learning and support conditions like teacher collaboration that affect change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Douglas, Ty-Ron
Commitee: King, LaGarrett, Laffey, Mary, Placier, Peggy, Simmons, Juanita
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Caring leadership, Cultural change, School culture, Teacher collaboration, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 10180766
ISBN: 978-1-369-29432-3
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