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Implementation of shared governance for instructional improvement: principals' perspectives

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Describes the practices, thoughts, and feelings of shared-governance principals as they confront the challenges of school restructuring. The focus is on the principals' perspective on shared governance and democratic schooling; the challenges of becoming involved in collaborative decision making with teachers, parents, and students; and the principals' own professional growth as they strove to become "one among equals" with their colleagues. The data discussed here were drawn from a qualitative study of principals in nine schools affiliated with Glickman's League of Professional Schools in Georgia. A protocol of open-ended interview questions designed by the researchers, according to general guidelines for grounded theory inquiry, provided principals with the opportunity to identify and describe in detail their perspective on shared governance leadership in schools. Inductive analysis of the data generated a description of the implementation of shared governance that includes five salient themes: meanings, becoming involved, letting go of power, supportive processes, and supportive structures. Discusses findings in terms of the relevant empirical and theoretical literature.
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Keywords: Decision Making; Democracy; Leadership; Management; Organizational Restructuring

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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