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ERIC Number: ED297472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 38
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The Principal: Gatekeeper of Change.
Richardson, Sandra C.
The role of the principal as the key decision-maker, problem-solver, and agent of change at the school site is discussed in this paper. A review of the recent literature indicates the major ways in which this role may be enhanced to bring about school effectiveness. The first section discusses the skills necessary to be a principal in today's schools. Most important are being able to work with teachers and to determine and appreciate their unique qualities, to innovate, to manage resources efficiently, and to serve as an instructional leader. Next, the conflicts inherent in the role of principal are outlined: the ambiguity of the tasks, the internal and external forces applying different pressures, and the budgetary restraints. Finally, the requirements necessary to implement real change are discussed. Levels of change, the obstacles that routinely inhibit change, some warnings of ways change may be ineffective, and suggestions for evaluating an individual school before beginning any changes are given. A current plan that places more emphasis on longer internships for principals, better graduate programs, and principal centers is also mentioned as a unified way to enhance principal preparation. In summary, while the student is the most important person in a school, that the principal plays a crucial factor in school effectiveness. The principal's role is difficult but not impossible, and it is this person's commitment to the job that will determine success. References are included. (LMS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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