Open Access Graduate Research Paper
School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;
I believe that the role of the principal is vital in the development of a school climate and a culture where instructional leadership emerges from the teachers themselves. Building a culture that supports and builds capacity for shared leadership and learning takes work. "Such a culture doesn't magically appear; it evolves through explicit and intentional work at defining, redesigning, and continuously improving every aspect of the way they do school" (Conzemius & O'Neill, 2001, p. 114). Although every person within the organization plays a role in initiating this culture, shared responsibility and leadership, the most significant role a principal can play is in the "creation, encouragement, and refinement of the symbols and symbolic activity that give meaning to the organization" (Schein, 1997, p.5).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Robert H. Decker
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©2004 Cheri Thomas Cederlund
Cederlund, Cheri Thomas, "What I believe about leadership and education : a reflective essay" (2004). Graduate Research Papers. 480.