ERIC Number: ED351766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
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Principalship in Turbulent Times.
Findings of two studies on the relationship between principal and school effectiveness are presented in this paper. The first part describes a study that examined the perceptions of three constituent groups concerning school effectiveness. Questionnaires were distributed in 1988 to 132 junior primary and primary school principals and 305 parents in the Northern Administrative Area of the Education Department of South Australia, and to 27 school superintendents in South Australia. A total of 32 parents, 13 principals, and 8 superintendents were interviewed about constraints on school effectiveness, improvement strategies, and parental intervention. The second part outlines the results of a study that reviewed effective practices in the areas of administration, ethos, and culture in a sample of South Australian schools. Data on: (1) management/organization; and (2) ethos/culture, were gathered from 17 and 25 schools, respectively. The final part discusses implications for practice and identifies the following concerns of principal effectiveness: interpersonal skill levels, curriculum delivery, school development planning, and parental participation. One figure is included. Appendices contain a chronology of the restructuring of Australian education departments and study findings. (Contains 31 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 Australian Council for Educational Administration (Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, July 1992).