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Making Meaning of Educational Leadership: The Principalship in Metaphor
NASSP Bulletin (2007)
  • Genie B. Linn
  • Ross B Sherman
  • Peggy B. Gill
This article explores how future educational leaders make meaning of the principalship through metaphor. At the conclusion of a university principal preparation program, principal interns were asked to use figurative language to represent the principalship. The metaphors identified four distinct themes: (a) protection and nurturing; (b) skill, adventure, or problem solving; (c) challenge, risk, and threat; and (d) chance and luck. Their responses provide a glimpse into their perceptions and mental models that shape their understanding and influence leadership behaviors.
  • metaphor,
  • mental models,
  • principal preparation,
  • reflective practice,
  • figurative language
Publication Date
June, 2007
Citation Information
Genie B. Linn, Ross B Sherman and Peggy B. Gill. "Making Meaning of Educational Leadership: The Principalship in Metaphor" NASSP Bulletin Vol. 91 Iss. 2 (2007) p. 161 - 171
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