A case study of an effective elementary principal

by Schofield, Ken, Ed.D., ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, 2008, 162 pages; 3304896


The purpose of this research was to study an effective elementary school principal in order to determine what characteristics were present that resulted in effective school operations. The result was a case study of a school in the metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona. The principal studied was the founding principal of the school, and she has been the principal at this site for eight consecutive years.

This study focused on characteristics used in daily interactions by the principal. Information was gathered through a combination of observations, interviews, focus groups, and conversations. Data were collated and common themes identified. The common themes were then explored and identified in greater detail to create a list of skills necessary for effective school leadership.

A set of six recurring characteristics were identified by the researcher as those characteristics necessary to lead a school effectively. The identified characteristics included: relationships, culture and climate, leadership, curriculum, philosophy, and commitment. The information contained within this dissertation informs current leadership literature by providing additional research into effective school leadership characteristics.

Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEducational administration; Elementary education
Publication Number3304896

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