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Title:Educating a Diverse Student Population: A Principal in a Small Urban Setting
Author(s):Souchet, Theresa A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Robert Stake
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:This was a qualitative study of a principal in a small urban setting. In attempting to answer the question, what vision is needed for schools to successfully educate all students, two topics are discussed: instructional leadership and discipline practice. It is argued that a vision of schools as inclusive learning communities promotes an environment conducive to educational success. As members of a school community, teachers play a vital role. Despite the finding that the burden of instructional leadership remains largely within the domain of the principalship, teachers need to be viewed as sufficiently competent and interested in partaking in school-wide instructional improvement. Discipline practice, often perceived as a barrier to instruction and instructional leadership, can reveal important educational disparities for African-American students and should be re-framed as an instructional issue. To better engage African-American students in learning, more attention should be given to cultural perceptions, and the content and style of instruction. The academic success of each student hinges on an educational approach oriented to attainment for all. Such an approach should be based on a view of schools as inclusive learning communities where common purposes are valued and a sense of "belongingness" is fostered.
Issue Date:2001
Description:180 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017216
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2001

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