ERIC Number: ED348461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Transformation of an Urban Principal: Uncertain Times, Uncertain Roles.
Alexander, Gary C.
A study was done on the effect of site-based management (SBM) and change on the role of principals in a large urban school district in the mid-western United States. The study used a distillation of the perceptions reported by building principals faced with the implementation of SBM, a concept of transactional and transformational leadership, and qualitative and quantitative approaches. The study surveyed 56 principals from elementary school through high school level using 2 brief surveys; a 76 percent response rate was received. The surveys were followed by in-depth interviews of 21 representative principals from all grade levels addressing the principals' concerns about change, how they felt their role was changing, and their predictions about the future role of the principal. Findings include the following: (1) the implications of SBM for the role of principal cannot yet be determined; (2) the majority of participants did not espouse transformational leadership; (3) many principals identified a need for training in leadership skills; and (4) principals viewed the emerging role of principals as directors of change. Overall, the results support the need for a clear definition of SBM that considers the vision and needs of the district within the context of each individual school. A bibliography contains 15 entries. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Educational Change, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Training, Principals, Public Schools, School Based Management, Secondary Schools, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).