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The Process of Leadership Advancement for Female Heads of Christian Schools: A Grounded Theory Study of the Critical Influences on the Attainment of the Headship
by Bronkema, Robin Shiels, Ph.D., Eastern University, 2020, 263; 28153548
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to explore the process of leadership advancement - specifically the critical influences on advancement - of female heads of Christian K-12 schools. This exploration was done in order to generate a theory of women’s leadership advancement leading to attainment of the Head of School position. Thirteen female heads of evangelical Protestant Christian K-12 schools in the United States, with enrollments of 250 or more, participated in this study. Data were collected through open-ended interviews. Data analysis led to the construction of the Female Head of School Leadership Advancement Model, which depicts three barriers, six catalysts, and one overarching influence to attaining the head of school position. The barriers are: (a) perceiving the position as unattractive, (b) facing external opposition, and (c) facing internal opposition. The catalysts are: (a) having a mentor, (b) having someone push to consider the head of school role, (c) being willing to meet a need or fill a gap, (d) knowing the school and being known, (e) saying yes to earlier opportunities, and (f) gaining a realistic view of the headship. The overarching influence was being sensitive to God’s calling. Implications are presented that contribute to filling a gap in the literature and that suggest strategic application of the findings, for Christian schools and Christian school organizations, in an effort to raise up a strong pool of Christian school leaders to effectively navigate the ever-changing landscape of K-12 education for the benefit of Christian school students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenhalgh, David C.
Commitee: Chang, Heewon, Dill, Steve P.
School: Eastern University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Womens studies, Religious education, Public administration
Keywords: Christian K-12 education, Head of School, Leadership advancement, Women's leadership, Female Head of School Leadership Advancement Model, Christian students
Publication Number: 28153548
ISBN: 9798684695742
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