ERIC Number: ED396414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Relationship between Professional Isolation of School Principals and Their Performance at Work.
Dussault, Marc; Thibodeau, Stephane
This paper presents findings of a study that verified the relationship between the professional isolation of school principals and their performance at work. A survey of all principals in a suburban area of Quebec (n=166) elicited a 70 percent response rate. The principals completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale and Self-Appraisal Instrument for Community College Administrators. Findings indicate a negative, significant correlation between isolation and performance. The findings could be due to the high proportion of males in the sample; men usually keep their feelings to themselves. Other explanations are that professional isolation generates dissatisfaction toward the work environment, which in turn affects performance; or that professional isolation often results in a lack of support, information, and feedback. One table and one figure are included. (Contains 34 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).