ERIC Number: ED224176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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The Principalship: Views from Without and Within.
Barth, Roland A.; Deal, Terrence E.
Using the ERIC system, a library search of textbooks, publications from school administrator associations, and the recommendations of educators and researchers, the authors survey the literature from 1970 through 1981 on the principalship, especially on educational leadership and administrative practices. They identify two types of literature--that by academics and that by principals--and compare the themes and assumptions found in the two sets. Academics' textbooks and writings, they find, tend to be theoretical, analytic, rational, impersonal, judgmental about principals and schools, prescriptive, and laden with an emphasis on principals' responsibilities. Principals' writings, however, use concrete experiences and stories; see schools as nonrational, human, ambiguous, and diverse institutions; and avoid prescribing solutions. Further, say the authors, academics assume that their textbooks will be read, will be useful, and will make their readers more effective, while principals assume that, since little works well, they will share what works and it may help others. From their review the authors derive three suggestions for improving literature on the principalship: encouraging principals to write more, building practitioner-academic coalitions, and circulating better texts more widely. An appendix traces changes in the principalship literature during the period 1970-1981. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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