Date of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Department

Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Advisor

Daniel Gutmore, Ph.D

Committee Member

Elaine Walker, Ph.D

Committee Member

Geraldine Sullivan Keck, Ed.D

Committee Member

Allyn Leeds, Ed.D

Keywords

micropolitics, power, politics, agenda setting, decision making, bargaining

Abstract

Schools, like most contemporary organizations, are complex places, and there is an extensive body of evidence that outlines the skills that school leaders must possess to effectively operate schools. Effective school leadership is essential, and not only for the safe and orderly operations of school. Recent evidence indicates that a positive relationship exists between principal effectiveness and student achievement.

The complexity of schools is due in part to the fact that schools are immersed in politics. This case sought to explore how principals acquire and develop the micropolitical skills required for their position from the onset of the principalship.

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