Deniz, Berin
When pandemic show itself and face to face education has turned into distance education, each educational institutions had difficulty to take an action. The reason of schools connected to society, they affected quickly so the relationships inside them. This situation became a challenge for school administrators when sustaining a healthy relationship among school members. Thus, bringing a positive climate to school needed and caring practices became prominent among school members. Caring characterized by the concepts of positive psychology, happiness, well-being, and positivity. As a leadership theory, there are some characteristics and elements that is put forward by researchers give insights to this theory. The reason of caring leadership connected with non-traditional settings; this study focused on an alternative school. Thus, this study aims to investigate the concept of caring leadership and practices as perceived by school administrators and teachers at an alternative private school that identifies itself as a democratic school. The case study covers an alternative private school that has both primary and secondary school in Istanbul. Purposive sampling method used to select participants. The data were collected through online semi-structured interviews with total 13 participants that 7 of them from administrators and 6 of them from teachers. The findings show that caring leadership and practices bring a positive environment to school. However, the caring leadership and practices shown by the administrators differed from the teacher’s point of view. As a result, since caring leadership and practices in educational institutions are important for school stakeholders, subsequent research needed to gain more understanding to the theory of caring leadership in educational institutions.


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Citation Formats
B. Deniz, “CARING PRACTICES AND LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOLS DURING THE PANDEMIC: A CASE STUDY,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.