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The Challenges of a Change in Practice: the story of an experienced principal's journey through the change process at a struggling urban elementary school

Amato, Eileen Ann (2008) The Challenges of a Change in Practice: the story of an experienced principal's journey through the change process at a struggling urban elementary school. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines the challenges and complexitites within the role of a building principal during a time of reform. Presented from the lens and voice of an experienced principal who came to a struggling urban elementary school, this portrayal represents three years of key moments of change as collected, described and interpreted from the lens of the principal. Compiled as a series of narrative accounts, the storied snapshots were crafted from personal jopurnal notes along with the supporting details obtained from sources such as meeting notes, emails, surveys and other day-to-day documents reflecting a change in practice.Organized around several collections of "key moments of chsange", rich description and additional narrative devices are used to examine variuos human experiences related to leading during change. A representation of stakeholders within a building are portrayed- teachers, support staff, parents. Along with a description of the external environment and context from this single instance of change, the underlying emotions, hopes, reactions and moral dispositions of the building level leader interacting with others is examined and interpreted.This study reveals that leading during change holds unique challenges that are frequently in conflict. Both a sense of rigidity needed to meet the present accountability required from schools yet a flexibility to deal with the diverse human side of teachers, students and parents is required within the role. Throughout the study, specific examples of these paradoxes and dichotomies are described and interpreted.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Amato, Eileen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickel, William Ebickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberWerlenich,
Committee MemberGoodwin,
Date: 27 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 6 March 2008
Approval Date: 27 June 2008
Submission Date: 16 May 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: challenges of change
Other ID:, etd-05162008-150356
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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