ERIC Number: ED271807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
High School Principals: Their Role in Guiding Change.
Huling-Austin, Leslie; And Others
This report, part of a research series on roles of participants in high school change, focuses on activities of principals in guiding and facilitating change, on leadership configurations found in high schools, and on how principals interact with other change facilitators during the change process. Two high schools were visited in nine districts during the 1983-84 school year, each district located in a different state to provide geographic representation. Research reports documented changes and situational and leadership influences. Reports of management of change and the role played by the principal in facilitating change provided the most in-depth information for analysis. Roles of principals are grouped according to activity function, such as change facilitation, and categorized. Tables and diagrams illustrate the analysis. A total of 215 statements related to 15 change facilitating roles of principals were identified. Principals most often performed a role related to vision and goal setting and least often related to the role of "structuring of the school as a workplace." Schools that were more actively involved in change showed greater principal involvement with structuring the process. Data related to configurations of leadership and the change facilitating roles of principals support the contention that, despite the myriad roles that principals assume, they are capable of maximizing their time and decision making opportunities. Thirty-five references are appended. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Organizational Change, Performance Factors, Principals, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: In: Symposium 56.11 of the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985); see EA 018 229.