ERIC Number: ED333578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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The Changing Role of School Principals in Primary and Secondary Schools in Belgium.
The effects of large-scale improvement projects and the trend toward decentralization on the principal's role in primary and secondary schools in Belgium are explored in this paper. Particular focuses are on the ways in which sociopolitical change influences the nature of school-level leadership and on strategies that principals use in response to government-mandated decentralization efforts. Within the turbulent policy environment of the Belgium educational system, decision making must always be justified. A review of three studies of primary schools involved in reform projects examines two areas of decision making and justification: the organization of linkages with external and internal support structures. Findings indicate that local factors, particularly the principal, shape the nature and quality of change. Variability is therefore natural and inherent in the educational system. The local capacity to organize internal support and local willingness to work productively with external support are important factors for the success of innovative efforts. The recommendation is made for collaboration between the leadership team and a local council to develop internal and external support structures and an assessment center. Because local policy and changes in policy are the result of interaction between many events and activities, the history of critical decisions within a school and their impacts on the improvement process must be examined to obtain information about the underlying justification process. (24 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).