School districts often contain a leadership structure known as a hierarchy. This supports a person at the top with immense power surrounded by a group with strong power. Much of the decision making process is contained in this centralized office. This removes autonomy, creativity, community, and leadership from the schools. Further, as this is the district model for leadership, often schools take on a similar structure and school administrators make decisions at a distance from teachers, students, and parents. Prior work has been made analyzing the leadership structure of a school district specifically. The following goes more into the specific leadership of a school administrator and the effect he or she has on the staff operating under him or her. Research will understand participative leadership through a qualitative approach that analyzes the district and school Climate and Culture survey results, as well as focus group interviews with leadership, teachers, and students based on survey questions.

Author: Sam Trent

Published in: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2023)

  • Date of Conference: 11-13 April 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/IICE.2023.0023
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-51-8
  • Conference Location: Dún Laoghaire, Ireland