Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformative Leadership Practices and Special Needs Students at the Elementary and Secondary Level
by Minton, Greg, Ed.D., University of Redlands, 2011, 156; 3468553
Abstract (Summary)

Transformative leadership is a concept that addresses the impact of inequality and discrimination in schools and prompts school leaders to help students achieve despite these barriers. This study investigated the extent to which school leaders at the elementary and secondary level engaged in transformative leadership practices in connection with special needs students. To determine this, a group of elementary and secondary school administrators in an urban school district located in southern California were given a survey to rate a series of items derived from these practices. A set of interviews were then conducted on a voluntary basis with a select number of school leaders who completed the survey. Although the quantitative findings of this study showed that there were no statistical differences in the extent to which school leaders, consisting of principals and other administrators, engaged in transformative leadership practices regardless of their position, gender, race, or ethnicity, the qualitative results indicated that they felt strongly about inclusive practices that support special needs students in regular educational environments. A comparison of both sets of data indicated that the participants were generally unfamiliar with the social justice theories linked to the items on the survey. School leaders who have a better understanding of social justice and undergo a process of transformative learning will become more effective in applying transformative leadership practices to ensure the success of their special needs students in schools throughout the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sullivan, Alayne
Commitee: Goodyear, Rodney, Mirci, Phillip
School: University of Redlands
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Special education
Keywords: Social justice, Social justice theory, Special education, Special needs, Special needs students, Transformative leadership, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 3468553
ISBN: 978-1-124-82642-4
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