ERIC Number: ED342127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship? Strategies for Taking Charge in the Elementary School Principalship.
Fullan, Michael G.
The premise of this book about the new role of the principalship is that the educational system fosters principals' dependency. Effective school administration is based on empowerment and collaboration. This book examines the problem of dependency and how to overcome it. Section 1 describes the nonrational world of the principal, challenges to the principalship, and changes in the principal's role. Conservative practices that limit principals' success and reinforce dependency are identified. The theme of the second section, "New Conceptions of the Principalship," is that the present system is not working. Essential concepts and qualities of the new principal are outlined. Action guidelines for three parts of the problem are offered in section 3: (1) advice to incumbent principals on "what's worth fighting for"; (2) suggestions for school boards and system administrators; and (3) ideas for fostering the central role of perpetual learning. (38 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Organizational Change, Principals
The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, 300 Brickstone Square, Suite 900, Andover, MA 01810 (Order no. 9118-09, $9.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.; Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation, Toronto.
Note: The author was commissioned by the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation (OPSTF) to prepare this report in 1988. The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands (RLEINI) reprinted the report in 1991, with sponsorship from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).