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Emotion, Trust and Urban School Leadership: A Perspective from Urban High School Principals
by McDonald, Alison L., Ed.D., Mills College, 2016, 189; 10195951
Abstract (Summary)

Much has been written in the past twenty years about the importance of leadership at the school site level. There has been a major emphasis in the literature, in fact, on the power of the principal and the critical nature of the role for student achievement. Capable leaders have the ability to turn a struggling school into a thriving school. However, in urban school districts, high school principals tend not to stay on the job very long. There is considerable research in the area of principal retention as scholars attempt to uncover what factors influence retention. Large numbers of principals cite “stress” as their reason for leaving. However, there is not as much research into the ways in which stress affects high school principals in the urban context. Additionally, some urban high school principals seem to flourish in the position and are able to create significant and sustainable improvements at their urban schools.

After a review of the current literature on the urban context, retention, emotion, self-regulation, stress, and the role of the superintendent, this study will examined eight urban high school principals attempting to understand why they leave their positions or seem to thrive in them. The findings surfaced point to ways district personnel can better support their leaders and to inform administrator preparation programs about how to best prepare their candidates for transformative leadership positions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ketelle, Diane
Commitee: Kahne, Joseph, Zirkel, Sabrina
School: Mills College
Department: Education - Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Secondary education
Keywords: Emotion, High school, Leadership, Retention, Stress, Urban
Publication Number: 10195951
ISBN: 978-1-369-35544-4
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