Dissertation

The Impact of a Middle School Principal's Leadership on School Culture: A Case Study

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to analyze the impact of a middle school principal’s leadership on school culture. Working within an emerging conceptual framework, this study was grounded in four broad concepts: (a) school culture, (b) principal’s impact, (c) impacts of school culture; and (d) subcultures within school culture. the study took place at one middle school located in Southern California that was deemed negative based on teachers’, students’, and parents’ experiences. the study illuminated that the principal’s leadership was not the sole responsibility in the transformation of a negative school culture to a positive school culture. Data collection and analysis of interviews, observations, and document reviews yields other emerging themes, such as the role of teachers, parents, students, and subcultures contributing factors that either stifled or allowed the transformation of a negative school culture to a positive school culture. the study offers insight and foresight for practitioners, policymakers, doctoral students, and future researchers to learn how to transform a negative school culture to a positive school culture.

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