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Leadership in Rural Central American Villages

Leadership in Rural Central American Villages
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Author(s): Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA), Wesley D. Hickey (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA) and Jennifer S. Jones (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 12
Source title: Strategic Leadership in PK-12 Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Johnny R. O'Connor (Lamar University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9242-6.ch005


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Educational leaders in rural schools across the world face distinctive challenges. In this chapter, the authors report the findings of two studies examined through narrative inquiry conducted in a Garifuna and Ketchi Mayan village in Central America. The case studies explore the role of the principal as a strategic leader to improve the education system, and the impact of these leaders in their communities. By sharing these stories, the authors illustrate the importance of strategic thinking, as well as both transformative and servant leadership to promote change.

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