TITLE

Making a Change: The Effects of the Leadership Role on School Climate

AUTHOR(S)
Pepper, Kaye; Hamilton Thomas, Lisa
PUB. DATE
May 2002
SOURCE
Learning Environments Research;2002, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p155
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
School is a very important element of society. Students and teachers learn many lessons, academic and otherwise, that influence their personal well-being and academic success. Often, however, school does not provide the positive learning or working environment that is most beneficial for our students and teachers. As a first year principal, Pepper realized that a more positive school climate was the key to confronting many of the challenges in the school where she worked. Through an autoethnographical approach supported by her personal journals, Pepper's experiences are described as she witnessed the negative effects that an authoritarian leadership style had on school climate and, subsequently, the morale and success of students and teachers within the school setting. As she made the change to a transformational leader, she came to realize that this leadership style had a more positive effect on the learning and working environment. Her change in leadership style and guidance, with input from teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members, resulted in the school becoming a more positive, caring place to learn and work for everyone involved.
ACCESSION #
15609022

 

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