ERIC Number: ED301958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Principals' Principles as Roots of School Change. (Also Titled "Turning It Around").
Wynne, Edward A.
This case study exemplifies the particular challenges, successes, and failures a principal faced in coping with a small Catholic school's diverse problems and publics. Names were changed to ensure confidentiality. School policy and administrative leadership are discussed in terms of a principal's interaction with an embattled school board, skeptical parents, and dissatisfied teachers. Generally, relative incongruence among the school's varied socioeconomic constituencies--internal and external--is documented. Specifically, this paper describes the change strategies a principal used to stabilize an unstable school environment, including but not limited to employee dissonance, labor unrest, staff turnover, ideological confrontations about the direction of "professional" development, and racial disharmony. A mix of firm goals and expectations, conflict resolution, consensual decision-making, and task-oriented leadership behaviors comprised the bulk of the change strategies employed by the principal. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).