ERIC Number: ED257178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Exploring the Causes of Principal Behavior.
Trider, Donald M.; And Others
Principals exhibiting different kinds of administrative behavior tend to be influenced by different kinds of factors, according to the results of two sets of related studies reported in this document. The first set, consisting of three studies of principals and central administrators, explored the factors shaping principals' behaviors when the principals were confronted with obstacles to the growth of their own effectiveness. Factors associated with the central administration and with principals' own skills were most consistently identified as obstacles, but the study design did not permit conclusive identification of the variables affecting principal behavior in response to these obstacles. The second set of studies, reported in greater detail, examined factors principals believed influenced their behavior while performing in a specific task environment--in this case, while implementing policies for special education. The most critical factors found were the principals' personal experiences and beliefs. Among the variables affecting the extent to which given factors influenced principals were the condition of the factor, the stage in the implementation process, and the principal's specialized training. Study data were obtained by questionnaire and interview. Areas for further research are suggested on several occasions. A 37-item reference list concludes the report. (PGD)
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 (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).