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PHD - Doctor of Philosophy
This qualitative study examined the perceptions of private special education school leaders regarding their role in promoting self-care and renewal. There is limited research on self-care and renewal in schools. Data were gathered through surveys and interviews that addressed three guiding research questions: (a) Do school leaders consider self-care and renewal practices to be important for themselves and their teachers? (b) What are the various ways school leaders report they promote self-care and renewal practices for themselves and their teachers? (c) What do school leaders believe to be the factors and conditions that inhibit and foster their efforts to implement self-care and renewal practices for themselves and their teachers? The data analysis process uncovered the following: (1) school leaders believe self-care and renewal practices are more important for their teachers than themselves, (2) importance of self-care and renewal practices that school leaders expressed does not correlate to the amount of time they spend promoting self-care and renewal practices for themselves or their teachers, (3) school leaders and their teachers would likely benefit from specific, tailored plans developed to address the area of self-care and renewal, (4) school leaders should share their self-care and renewal practices with their teachers, (5) school leaders should promote self-care and renewal practices in a routine way built into the school culture, (6) school leaders could benefit from practicing mindful leadership and reflective practices, (7) time constraints limit school leaders and teachers to promote self-care and renewal activities, (8) learning the importance of taking care of yourself comes with age. The implications of these findings, future research, and recommendations are outlined.
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Melito-Conners, Theresa, "The Perceptions of Private Special Education School Leaders Regarding Their Role in Promoting Self-Care and Renewal Practices for Themselves and Their Teachers" (2019). Educational Studies Dissertations. 151.
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