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Master of Education




Dr. Katina Pollock


This study employed a qualitative framework to explore the current nature of a selected school principal’s work. Specifically, through observations, audio journals and interviews, I sought to better understand what a selected Ontario elementary school principal did when engaging in her work. The research questions were designed to explore how the principal spent her time and why, and examine the challenges she faced in accomplishing her work. The findings of the inquiry revealed that the school principal was concerned with fulfilling the formal mandates of her job while emphasizing communication, building relationships and the instructional program in developing healthy learning environments for students. She employed a range of media in the day to day operationalization of her work and faced several challenges including increasing student diversity, labour relations, and lack of parental involvement.

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