ERIC Number: ED037831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
High School Principals Study Seminar. Final Report.
Vidich, Arthur J.; McReynolds, Charles W.
The purpose of this study was to relate the occupational psychology of high school principals to the emergent problems of urban secondary education. Research was conducted through extended personal interviews and a series of seminars on topics relevant to secondary education. Individually, the principals emerged as embattled administrators. Collectively, principals appeared to be holding the line against encroachments on their authority within the schools and defending the system, their careers, and themselves from outer attack. The study concludes that education might be best served by separating the principals' role into two components--that of administrator of the school as a business-like organization and that of head teacher of the school as an educational enterprise. Qualifications for the latter would stress training in experimental educational techniques and in the political and empathetic skills needed to actively promote the schools' interests politically through working directly with parents and other interested groups. (Author/MF)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, High Schools, Principals, Professional Recognition, Role Perception, School Desegregation, Social Problems, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Associations, Teacher Militancy, Urban Schools, Values
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: New School for Social Research, New York, NY.