Personal Biographies and Leadership Style of One District's Elementary Principals and Impact on Programming for Students with Disabilities
Collins, Kristin C.
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This study is a multi-case study on elementary school principals and special education programs. Goor (1997, p.2) stated that "many school leaders have never articulated their beliefs, or their beliefs are based on perceptions of students' limitations rather than possibilities". This study helps principals explore their beliefs, styles, and programs as they relate to children with special needs. The researcher focused on a principal's beliefs about special education and how those beliefs are reflected in a principal's leadership style. The researcher then looked to see if beliefs and styles impacted programs for children with disabilities. Do personal beliefs impact the practice of individuals? What leadership styles and/or practices seem most helpful for supporting the inclusion of students with disabilities? The purpose of this study is to inform thoughtful leadership practice as it relates to children with special needs.