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ERIC Number: ED308587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 22
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Effective Schools Research: The Principal as Instructional Leader. With Annotated Bibliography.
Gibbs, Greg K.
Effective schools research suggests that five correlates concerned with principal/teacher characteristics and behavior, school and classroom climate, instructional emphasis, and pupil evaluation must be present to maximize student achievement. This paper focuses on one correlate, the principal's role as instructional leader. Effective principals share three characteristics: (1) communicating and monitoring reasonable expectations to the staff; (2) conducting frequent, substantive classroom observations; and (3) actively participating in the instructional program. Within these commonalities are contained at least nine attributes relating directly to the principal's ability to lead an effective school: (1) playing an assertive instructional role; (2) being goal and task oriented; (3) being well-organized; (4) conveying high expectations; (5) clearly defining and communicating policies; (6) making frequent classroom visits; (7) maintaining high visibility and accessibility; (8) providing strong, reliable support to staff; and (9) being adept at parent/community relations. Various studies on principal expectations and principal supervisory and leadership styles are summarized. A bibliography of 30 effective schools references and an annotated bibliography of 26 general and school administration handbooks are included. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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