A Case Study of Turnaround Leadership Experiences in a Large Urban Elementary School
|論文名稱(英文)：||A Case Study of Turnaround Leadership Experiences in a Large Urban Elementary School|
|英文關鍵字：||urban school l leadership;turnaround leadership;paternalistic leadership|
|摘要(英文)：||Due to the complicated settings of large urban schools, principals from urban schools are often confronted with challenges and difficulties. Consequently, research on urban school leaders has gradually aroused academic attention. This article reports the findings of a qualitative study with a large urban public elementary school as its subject. Data were collected through interviews, observations, and document analysis. Despite its splendid history, the case school has been on the decline in recent years. After his assumption of duty, the principal of the case school devoted himself to developing the school features and demonstrating successful turnaround leadership; thus, the school regained its previous reputation. First, in addition to diligence and a candid spirit, the principal has a background in law and strong communication skills. Second, the principal adopts paternalistic leadership, in addition to strategies such as setting progressive goals, utilizing information technology, and demonstrating curricular and instructional leadership, to develop a professional administration, teaching staff, and a harmonious and high-quality campus. Finally, the leadership effectiveness of the principal earns intramural and extramural recognition; however, because of the high professional autonomy of teachers in urban schools, the leadership styles of the principal inevitably receive mixed reviews.
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