Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo
Dr. Anita Pankake
Dr. Elena Bastida
Spirit-filled experiences have been customarily silent in the discourse of education. This area has been misunderstood and solely left to the religious arena to discover its development creating compartmentalized concepts and depriving other organizational systems from implementing its rich resourcefulness. This study seeks to provide ontological and epistemological knowledge to uncover and understand the power of the spiritual dimension in the life of successful educational leaders. By conceptualizing spirituality in educational leadership, this qualitative study seeks to explore successful educational leaders' use of spirituality to strengthen their effectiveness as it relates to school and their performance. Based on the major findings emerging from the study, four conclusions related to educational leadership are warranted: accountability and compliance, curriculum and instruction, planning and decision-making, and community involvement. A proposed conceptual framework for a new view of leadership is recommended. This interactive atom shaped model, symbolizing energy, interconnects the spiritual element in the educational leaders' intra-personal, interpersonal, and ecological relationships producing new life for the educational system and global organism.
University of Texas-Pan American
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