ERIC Number: ED256066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Effective High School Principal: Sketches for a Portrait.
Mazzarella, Jo Ann
R&D Perspectives, Win 1985
Although there has been a paucity of research on what effective secondary school principals do, two recent studies offer some clues. A 1983 report by William Firestone and Bruce Wilson asserts that a high school principal may best be able to influence the school through bureaucratic and cultural linkages. Bureaucratic linkages are formal enduring arrangements within an organization that allow it to operate. Cultural linkages, the key to productivity in an organization, are the collectively accepted meanings, beliefs, values, and assumptions in the school. Researchers James Russell, Thomas White, and Steven Maurer, in a 1983 study, selected eight characteristics of effective schools and identified specific principal behaviors that appeared to foster these characteristics effectively. Spotlighted in this article are the effective and ineffective behaviors related to the two following effective schools characteristics: (1) schoolwide measurement and recognition of academic success and (2) an orderly and studious school environment. Researcher Kathleen Fitzpatrick is now introducing effective administrator behaviors as part of a training project in high schools in the Chicago, Illinois, area, and the response has been enthusiastic. Sixteen references are provided. (DCS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Environment, High Schools, Leadership Styles, Management Development, Principals, School Effectiveness, Supervisory Methods
Publication Sales, Center for Educational Policy and Management, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($.35 per copy, prepaid).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Educational Policy and Management.
Identifiers: Administrator Behavior; Administrator Effectiveness; Linkage