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Making sense while steering through the fog: Principals’ metaphors within a national reform implementation

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Published: 2017-10-09

Authors

Sherry Ganon-Shilon

Bar Ilan University

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2920-9153

Chen Schechter

Bar Ilan University

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1174-4633

Keywords: Education reforms; metaphors; sense-making; principals

Abstract

Principals’ implementation of national reforms in the educational arena resembles a wild ride on a roller coaster as they face with contradicting demands, ongoing confusion and ambiguity. As critical change agents, principals interpret and translate reform demands into local practices through a process of sense-making. This current qualitative research explored 60 high school principals' sense-making processing of their leadership within a national reform through their use of metaphors. Data analysis yielded four themes: (a) reframing the principal’s role and pedagogical autonomy; (b) reframing the principal’s work; (c) reframing the school culture; and (d) reframing the principal’s relationships with teachers. This study expands the currently limited knowledge about principals' experience with and responses to reforms, and suggests implications and further research on metaphors principals use within reform implementation.

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Author Biographies

Sherry Ganon-Shilon

Bar Ilan University

Sherry Ganon-Shilon is a Ph.D. candidate of Educational Leadership and Policy studies at Bar-Ilan University.

 

 

Chen Schechter

Bar Ilan University

Chen Schechter is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy studies at Bar-Ilan University. His research areas include educational reform, organizational learning, educational leadership, system thinking, and qualitative research methods. 


 

 

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Published: 2017-10-09

How to Cite

Ganon-Shilon, S., & Schechter, C. (2017). Making sense while steering through the fog: Principals’ metaphors within a national reform implementation. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25, 105. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.25.2942