NARRATIVES OF LONGEVITY AMONG SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN NORTH AMERICA: A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY . NAD Teacher’s Convention Janet Ledesma, Ph.D. Wednesday , August 8, 2012 (9:45 – 11:00 am) Session ID: 697 Location : Delta Island C. Problem.
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NAD Teacher’s Convention
Janet Ledesma, Ph.D.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
(9:45 – 11:00 am)
Session ID: 697
Location: Delta Island C
Adventist principals in North America stay an average of 2.5 at the elementary level, 3.6 years at day secondary schools and 4.0 years at secondary boarding schools yet there are some who have stayed for many years beyond the average.
The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of school principals who have remained in leadership at the same school building for 10 consecutive years in the Adventist system of education in North America and to discover why they stay.
How do principals in the Adventist system of education in North America describe their role and the experiences that helped them stay in one location for 10 or more consecutive years?
A qualitative multiple case study design using narrative inquiry was utilized to describe the experiences of Adventist principals in North America who stayed a minimum of 10 years in one location.
Nine Unions in NAD 2 – Did not meet criteria 7 – Qualified
School Types 3 – Small Elementary 5 – Elementary
2 – Junior Academies
4 – Secondary
Ethnicity 1 – Hispanic
5 – Black
8 – Caucasian
Gender 7 – Female
7 – Male
There is a direct relationship between the stress of the principal’s job and their capability to maintain resilience in the face of prolonged contact with adversity (Ackerman & Maslin-Ostrowski, 2002; Cash, 2001; Copland, 2001, Greene, 2003; Heifetz & Linsky 2004; Patterson, Patterson & Collins, 2002).
The values, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to intrinsically motivate one’s self and others so that they have a sense of spiritual survival through calling and membership (Fry, 2003; Reave, 2005).
Five Themes Emerged:
Why Do YOU Stay
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