Journal article

Making a difference in challenging, high-poverty schools: Successful principals in the USA, England, and Australia

Rose M Ylimaki, Stephen L Jacobson, Lawrie Drysdale

SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

This article draws on findings from a larger international study and the literature to examine successful principals of challenging high-poverty schools in the USA, England, and Australia. Specifically, this article reports case-study findings for 13 challenging schools, 4 each in the USA and Australia and 5 in England. Findings from this study indicate that successful principals used similar leadership practices and traits to make a difference and improve student performance in very challenging schools. These findings extend previous research conducted in single-nation contexts. The presentation of findings also considers differences in the role of the principal, the school context, and lar..

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