ERIC Number: ED203521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Other Side of the Principalship: An Informal Organization Perspective.
Licata, Joseph W.; Hack, Walter G.
Analysis of an informal subculture among school principals reveals the existence of norms and beliefs that may help them function in their jobs. Researchers interviewed all 28 principals in a medium-sized suburban Ohio school district to investigate their informal communications with each other. The norms identified forbid principals to be negative, to boast, or to "carry tales" about each other, and encourage them to be loyal to their own subordinates and to initiate discussion only about important issues. The principals' beliefs about communication concern other principals' trustworthiness and expertise in certain areas, the idiosyncracies of one's own school, the danger of being misperceived as incompetent, the district office's possible disapproval of informal communication, and the principals' own lack of time for such communication. These norms and beliefs help the principals maintain useful and informative patterns of interaction while allaying their anxieties about the unforeseen consequences of informal communication or the loss of face among their peers. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Informal Communications; Ohio
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).