ERIC Number: ED277144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Selecting Principals. Research in Brief.
National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
The results of a National Institute of Education research project indicate that despite their key roles in making schools effective, principals are chosen in a process "ridden with chance" and are frequently selected because of their "images" rather than for their qualities as educational leaders. Vacancy announcements are rarely publicized widely and those charged with making selections are frequently unaware of the qualifications pertinent to the position being filled. Teachers most likely to move up the career ladder into administrative positions are those who call attention to themselves by accepting responsibilities outside the classroom and then pursue formal administrative training. Districts working to improve their principal selection processes tend to recruit candidates, actively develop potential principals, write job descriptions specific to each position, and rely less heavily than other districts on the superintendent's judgments. In addition to reviewing the findings of the research project, this report notes where further information can be obtained. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.