ERIC Number: ED189724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Great Expectations: The Principal's Role and Inservice Needs in Supporting Change Projects.
Reinhard, Diane L.; And Others
This paper describes a study conducted to identify principals' behaviors that supported or hindered externally funded change projects in their schools. The study also attempted to discover conceptions of needs, problems, and opportunities for inservice training for principals who manage such projects and to recommend content and delivery modes of inservice education to assist principals in administering successful projects. Methodology included interviews with 21 principals, 16 staff, and 42 teachers. The interviews were then written up into case studies. Results showed that some involvement by the principal is essential in school change projects. Such involvement signals to others that the project is viewed as an important part of the school's program. The paper suggests that staff development efforts should be responsive to local conditions and individualized to a specific principal's abilities. In addition, the principal should be treated as a colleague who is capable of describing his or her inservice needs, and the trainer should provide experiences that respond to those stated needs. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980). Not available in paper copy due to light print of original document.