ERIC Number: ED245323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Patterns of Adjustment: The Case of the Elementary Principalship.
Crow, Gary M.
Adjustment is one aspect of the elementary principal's relationship to work, as he or she both responds to the work environment and contributes to its construction. This study furthers research examining adjustment from the individual, organizational, and individual/job match perspectives by investigating adjustment patterns for 113 satisfied and dissatisfied elementary principals surrounding Chicago, as well as career/adjustment and employee position/adjustment differences. A preliminary analysis has identified two variables involving adjustment responses related to the principal's dual role as office subordinate and school superordinate: career mobility (specifically, variety of movement as an objective indicator) and work satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Additionally, a correlation can be drawn between background and adjustment differences; 28 percent of "movers" remained in their first principalship, for instance. "Movers" and "stayers" also differ in terms of their teaching experiences as well as in their adjustment to the dual role. Satisfied stayers tend to adjust to that role without battle, while movers adjust by viewing themselves as protectors of school interests. Balancing autonomy and control is another role factor, with dissatisfied principals perceiving that they have insufficient autonomy over teachers. A final role factor involves social group support. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).