The woman in charge of the high school : a case study of Carol Steen, principal of Winston Churchill High School

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Hill, Audrey
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1998
This case study of Carol Steen, principal of Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Alberta, provides a detailed observational record of what one female secondary school principal does. Through qualitative research methodology and grounded theory strategies, the data collected over 16 days of observation has been organized into five analytical frameworks. Carol Steen's role as principal is described in terms of her educational administrative philosophy, her organizational system, her use of language, her decision-making strategies, and her public relations habits. Carol views her educational organization in terms of a circular structure with the administrative team at the core. The tone of her administration is invitational and she speaks the language of inclusion, encouraging collaborative partnerships to m~e proactive decisions for the school. The warmth and informality of her leadership helps to establish a joyful atmosphere throughout the school. By planting enthusiastic ideas that take on a life of their own, Carol cultivates a public relations image for the school. As a female secondary school administrator in 1996, Carol is part of the paradigm shift from a hierarchical to a collaborative educational culture, and from an impersonal standards based environment to a personal, achievement -oriented educational environment. Through her vision of the school as a circle, her commitment to communication, and her delight in positive change, Carol Steen cares for the school of which she is in charge. Her administrative practice may be an indicator of the restructuring of educational theory and educational training that is still to come.
vi, 164 leaves ; 29 cm.
Steen, Carol , High schools -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Administration -- Case studies , High school principals -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Case studies , School management and organization -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Case studies , Winston Churchill High School (Lethbridge, Alta.)