ERIC Number: ED233491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Principalship and the Development of Instructional Expertise.
Smyth, W. John
Relevant theory and research are brought to bear on the questions of what administrators can do that makes a difference to student learning, of exactly what principals manage in their role as education leader, and of what knowledge they must have to increase learning in their schools. Conclusions are that principals can improve student achievement by concentrating on managing the "human resources" of their schools, that is, by exercising a personal commitment to instructional rather than administrative leadership, helping teachers to assess and improve their teaching. This role requires knowledge about what should be changed in teaching and methods of implementation, such as acting as a supportive leader, a process monitor, and a knowledgeable colleague to teachers, introducing them to theoretical insights. Several references are made to Australian theory and practice. (MJL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Draft of paper prepared as part of an off campus course in Resource Management in Schools, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.