ERIC Number: ED253921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Good Principals in Public and Church-Related Schools: A Study in Socialization.
Wynne, Edward A.; McPherson, R. Bruce
Using a research approach founded on explicit normative assumptions about the social goals of education, and proceeding from the hypothesis that lifelong socialization largely determines an administrator's capability, this paper analyzes the experiences of one "good" principal. Following an initial discussion of educators' attitudes toward fostering social and moral values, the study's theoretical framework is outlined: a central theorem that defines schools as places where adults work together to socialize children for adulthood, and seven corollaries--qualitative criteria of "school goodness." Succeeding passages present an argument defending social continuity and examine conditions and opinions opposing and favoring deliberate socialization in schools. Next, the study's objectives, data sources, and data collection and analysis methods are reviewed. The balance of the paper consists of a case study of a Chicago public school principal. An autobiographical sketch recounts the subject's experiences in elementary school through college, in the army, in graduate school, as a teacher, and as a principal. A statistical and anecdotal description of the high school this principal directs follows. The paper concludes by discussing related literature, the significance of the subject's experiences, and the study's implications for future research and practice. References are included. (MCG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).