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The impact of ecological behaviors of educational managers on school effectiveness

Near East University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Departement of Environmental Education and Management, Mersin 10 Turkey


In this research, the level of school managers’ ecological effectiveness and the impact on school effectiveness was examined in terms of some variables through a qualitative method. The participants were school directors in state secondary schools and private institutions in the province of Esenyurt in Istanbul in 2018. 52 randomly selected school directors formed the ampling.

Data was collected through a semi-structured interview technique. The interview form consisted of 10 semi-structured open ended questions prepared by the researcher after consulting the thesis advisor. The data were collected through face-to-face interviews with the school directors. In the analysis of the data collected, the SPSS 25.0 program was referred to making use of frequency and average data analyses. The findings of the research indicated that the directors were well informed about environmental attitude, sustainable development, and renewable energy concepts. However, they agreed that the physical structure of the schools and the efforts by the institution were insufficient.


In order to overcome adaptation difficulties faced by the modern world, classical ledership models seem ineffective. When applicable varieties are introduced, within the emerging ambiguity and dynamik systems referring to ecological principles becomes essential for sustainable leadership and a productive future. Ignoring the systematic nature of leadership processes creates a misunderstanding that traditional leadership efforts become the focus point for the traditional leaders. While this leadership theory, emerging from the principles of ecology, creates a change in our radical point of view (radicalism), it leads the future generations to sustainability and consider individual responsibilities to develop their capacity in organizations and in adaptation to the nature as a long-term perspective.

The ecological leadership exhibited by the school directors in schools plays a great role on the efficiency of the school (Şişman, 2012). Effective school directors focused on developing their schools and the teachers that brings about learner success. It has been observed that, with this aim in mind, effective school directors specify high performa ...

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