School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Paul Tapper


Case Study, Globalization, Korea, Leadership, Multicultural Education, Multicultural Leadership


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Disability and Equity in Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | International and Comparative Education | Other Education


The purpose of this instrumental case study was to discover the multicultural leadership characteristics that are intrinsically necessary amongst a School Director at an international Christian elementary school in South Korea. The theory guiding this study was the Social Learning Theory by Albert Bandura as it explains the relationship of children modeling behavior and the importance of administrators along with their staff modeling principles that encourage multicultural understanding and acceptance of others. This study addresses the following questions: 1) What themes emerge in regards to leadership and multicultural leadership characteristics in the case of a school director of a Korean Christian school?; 2) How do specific leadership characteristics facilitate multicultural education in an international elementary school?; and 3) How does utilizing certain teaching curriculums and/or activities help to facilitate multicultural education in a private school in South Korea? Data was collected through the following means; an online demographic questionnaire, assessments, administration of an open-ended questionnaire protocol via in-person interviews, open-ended multicultural questionnaires and artifacts. The findings seem to support the application of Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory and the principles of Transformational Leadership in that both the students and the teachers take cues from the Director of School Korea. Additionally, several leadership characteristics that the Director possesses or was said to possess are characteristics associated with Transformational Leadership, which has been associated with multicultural environments. Prevalent themes that evolved during the course of this research are: diversity, multicultural issues, leadership, and classroom curriculum.