ERIC Number: ED137895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Principal's Role as an Instructional Leader. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, Number 3. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, Number 30.
Mazzarella, Jo Ann
In most schools the duties of the principal are not defined. A principal who is concerned with improvement of the instructional program has a wide range of roles to play. However, feelings run strong in the controversy over whether principals can or ought to be instructional leaders in their schools. Lack of time, power, clear role definition, and preparation are some of the roadblocks slowing down principals that want to be instructional leaders. Some techniques for getting around the roadblocks include administrative assistants that take over the principal's administrative functions; autonomous schools where decisions regarding the instructional program are made at the building level; and sharing power with other professional personnel. Two innovative programs offer promise that principals can be trained to perform the complex and demanding role of instructional leader. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Bibliographies, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Literature Reviews, Principals, Role Conflict, Role Perception, School Organization, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Association of California School Administrators, P.O. Box 39186, Rincon Annex, San Francisco, California 94139 ($1.75, members; $2.75, non-members)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.