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ERIC Number: ED289228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Profile of the Principalship. A Study of Principals' Perceptions.
Beck, John J.
This study surveyed 1,000 elementary, junior high/middle school, and high school principals in Texas by questionnaire to gather their perceptions on issues related to the principalship. The following four issues were explored: (1) source of expertise; (2) skills necessary to the success of any principal; (3) level of expertise of the respondents in each of the identified skills; and (4) adequacy of preparation received in each of the respondents' university programs in educational administration. Findings indicate that on-the-job experience and common sense were the most important sources of expertise, whereas university preparation programs and experiences gained outside of education were the least important sources. Campus leadership, instructional leadership, and interpersonal relations are the skills perceived to be of most importance to success. Curriculum development, physical plant management, and budgeting and finance skills were seen as being of least importance to success. Principals perceived that level of expertise closely matched the perceived necessity of the skill, but the expertise was seen to have been obtained from sources other than their university preparation program in educational administration. A 20-item bibliography and 8 appendices of survey instruments and data comprise one-half of the report. (Author/CJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas