School leaders in a learning organization: an internship report

Compton Moore, Gloria (1997) School leaders in a learning organization: an internship report. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This is an internship report based on the concept of a learning organization, as defined by Peter Senge. In particular, the roles of educational leaders as teachers, designers, and stewards were examined. -- The setting for the internship was a two-stream elementary school which serves five smaller communities. It was chosen as the site because of its reputation for collaborative efforts among the staff and administration. -- This report consists of a research component and critical reflections on the experience of the internship. The focus throughout has been the five disciplines which comprise a learning organization. These disciplines are personal mastery, challenging mental models, shared vision, team learning, and systems thinking. The research was in the form of a case study to look for and describe how these disciplines appear in a K-6 school, from the perspective of a practicing administrator. Application for educational leadership has been the focus throughout the research component. -- The critical reflections indicate that several elements of a learning organization were evident in the elementary school site. These reflections take the form of a descriptive narrative of daily experiences observed by the intern. From these experiences, a critical analysis was conducted to indicate evidence of school leaders as teachers, designers, and stewards as outlined in Peter Senge's concept of a learning organization.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10331
Item ID: 10331
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 40-42.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1997
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Organizational learning; School management and organization--Study and teaching (Internship) --Newfoundland and Labrador.

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