How Principals Exercise Transformative Leadership in Urban Schools in Disadvantaged Areas in Montréal, Canada
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Is part ofInternational Studies in Educational Administration ; vol. 21, no 2
This study aims at understanding how elementary school principals in disadvantaged areas implement transformative leadership for social justice. Our previous studies showed that social justice is rarely present in principals’ discourse. Using a transformative leadership framework, we analysed data from the observation of these school principals. Data failed to show evidence of transformative behaviour on the part of principals. Because of some concerns and questions that arose from these findings, we found and interviewed three outstanding elementary school principals who are implementing transformative leadership in their schools. In contrast with our previous data, our present data shows that these principals have a rich view of social justice, that they see instances of inequities in their schools, that they identify situations in which they can implement transformative leadership, and that they report intervening to fight inequities. We also discuss the implications of these results in the follow-up of our research programme.
Archambault, J., et Garon, R. (2013). How Principals Exercise Transformative Leadership in Urban Schools in Disadvantaged Areas in Montréal, Canada. International Studies in Educational Administration, 41(2), 49-66.