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Liou, Yi-Hwa; Daly, Alan J. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2018
Purpose: Secondary school leadership provides multiple challenges in terms of the diversity of tasks, multiple demands on time, balancing communities and attending to instructional programming. An emerging scholarship suggests the importance of a distributed instructional leadership approach to high school leadership. However, what has been less…
Descriptors: High Schools, Instructional Leadership, School Administration, Principals
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Jain, Sonia; Cohen, Alison K.; Huang, Kevin; Hanson, Thomas L.; Austin, Gregory – Journal of Educational Administration, 2015
Purpose: School climate, or the physical and social conditions of the learning environment, has implications for academic achievement. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/Methodology/Approach: The authors examine how school climate varies by school-level characteristics in California using administrative data and the California School…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Environment, School Culture, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rigby, Jessica G. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to look across six first-year principals to investigate their engagement with and sensemaking of specific messages of instructional leadership around teacher evaluation. Design/methodology/approach: This research project, a cross-case study, was carried out using in-depth qualitative observations and…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Evaluation, Qualitative Research
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Datnow, Amanda; Park, Vicki; Kennedy-Lewis, Brianna – Journal of Educational Administration, 2013
Purpose: An increasing number of schools and districts across the US are requiring teachers to collaborate for the purpose of data-driven decision making. Research suggests that both data use and teacher collaboration are important ingredients in the school improvement process. Existing studies also reveal the complexities of teacher collaboration…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Data, Decision Making, Elementary School Teachers
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Marsh, Julie A.; Strunk, Katharine O.; Bush, Susan – Journal of Educational Administration, 2013
Purpose: Despite the popularity of school "turnaround" and "portfolio district" management as solutions to low performance, there has been limited research on these strategies. The purpose of this paper is to address this gap by exploring the strategic case of Los Angeles Unified School District's Public School Choice…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Mixed Methods Research, School Districts, Educational Change
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Hemmer, Lynn M.; Madsen, Jean; Torres, Mario S. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2013
Purpose: The expansion of alternative education, globally, has coincided with a shift towards greater accountability for ensuring educational access and opportunity, high academic standards and increased graduation rates. While studies suggest the pervasive influence of accountability may be redefining how school leaders provide meaningful…
Descriptors: Accountability, Nontraditional Education, Access to Education, High Achievement
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Mintrop, Heinrich – Journal of Educational Administration, 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the tensions between external accountability obligations, educator's professional values, and student needs. Strategic, cognitive, and moral dimensions of this tension are captured with the central category of integrity. Design/methodology/approach: This is a mixed methods study that compares five…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Integrity
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Brazer, S. David; Rich, William; Ross, Susan A. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2010
Purpose: The dual purpose of this paper is to determine how superintendents in US school districts work with stakeholders in the decision-making process and to learn how different choices superintendents make affect decision outcomes. Design/methodology/approach: This multiple case study of three school districts employs qualitative methodology to…
Descriptors: Participative Decision Making, Strategic Planning, School Districts, Superintendents
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Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke; Hosek, Adrienne; Kirschenbaum, Greta; McKoy, Deborah; Rigby, Jessica; Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2009
Purpose: Newly designed schools for centuries have projected fresh ideals regarding how children should learn and how human settlements should be organized. But under what conditions can forward-looking architects or education reformers trump the institutionalized practices of teachers or the political-economic constraints found within urban…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, School Construction, Academic Achievement, Teacher Motivation
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Gamson, David A. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2004
Examines the history of educational administration in the USA during the Progressive era (1890-1940). Using Callahan's Education and the Cult of Efficiency as a starting point, examines school district-based administrative practices that offered viable alternatives to the business-oriented, "scientific management" reforms that tended to…
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Administration, United States History, School Districts
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Murphy, Joseph; And Others – Journal of Educational Administration, 1987
Investigates the nature of administrative control in 12 instructionally effective school districts in California. Nine control functions are assumed to affect student outcomes by influencing curriculum and instruction. Findings from interviews with superintendents revealed more district-level control of principal behavior and site activity than…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrator Role, Centralization, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hart, Anne Weaver; Ogawa, Rodney T. – Journal of Educational Administration, 1987
Research on administrators' influence on the performance of their organizational units has accumulated evidence on principals' influence, but the influence of superintendents is largely neglected. Results from a sample of California school districts demonstrated that superintendents exerted little influence on academic performance. Constructing…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Theories
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Murphy, Joseph; Hallinger, Philip – Journal of Educational Administration, 1986
Superintendents in 12 instructionally effective California school districts were interviewed and documents were analyzed for coordination of instructional activities management. Results suggest that these superintendents are more active "instructional managers" than expected. A uniform picture of instructional coordination is not…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Styles
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Heck, Ronald H. – Journal of Educational Administration, 1996
Identifies salient conceptual and methodological issues involved in cross-cultural research. Surveys principals and teachers from California and the Marshall Islands regarding perceptions of principals' leadership capabilities in three areas: school governance, school climate and culture, and instructional organization. There was substantial…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Developing Nations