ERIC Number: EJ1231554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Educational Leadership in Costa Rica: A Case Study of Elementary School Principals and the National Program of Science and Technology Fairs
Gonzales, Miguel M.
Planning and Changing, v48 n3-4 p173-194 2019
This case study explores Costa Rica's National Executive Decree No. 31.900, requiring all public schools in the country participate in the National Program of Science and Technology Fairs (Programa Nacional de Ferias de Ciencia y Tecnología [PRONAFECYT]). The purpose of the decree is to promote innovation and to prepare students with the skills to compete in a knowledge-based economy. This case study examined the roles and leadership practices of two elementary school principals in Costa Rica in implementing the PRONAFECYT initiative. This article concludes the elementary school principals played an essential role in: (a) organizing and directing the PRONAFECYT implementation; (b) supporting and motivating teachers and students; and (c) soliciting feedback from teachers for successful implementation of the PRONAFECYT.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Principals, Science Fairs, Public Schools, Technology Education, Science Education, Administrator Role, Student Motivation, Teacher Motivation, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Student Attitudes
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica