ERIC Number: ED348765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Using School-Site, Contextual Research: Contributions to a New EA Paradigm.
Keedy, John L.
Findings of a study that examined successful high school principals' strategies for implementing school improvement visions are presented in this paper. Methodology involved case studies of four Georgia high school principals with reputations for effective school improvement. Interviews were conducted with the principals and 10 teachers from each school. Findings indicate that: (1) principals' visions developed and evolved as products of their organizational contexts; and (2) the principals operated autonomously from the central office by using networks rather than hierarchical authority lines. The new paradigm illustrated by these principals challenges the traditional assumptions of hierarchy and goal setting at the macro-level. Although individual visions were site-specific, the implementation processes were similar--the principals recognized the interrelated processes of curricula needs assessment, resource procurement, and encouraging teachers to act as "entrepreneurial program managers." These tools can be used as criteria for principal recruitment, selection, and preparation. (Contains 19 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 25-27, 1991).