ERIC Number: ED310527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
A Study of the Change Efforts among First-Time High School Principals.
Roberts, Jo; Wright, Lance V.
This paper presents what beginning principals do to effect change in their schools during entry and closure of the first year. The survey instrument, based on a survey of 12 first-time high school principals conducted in five states and on a 1987 study of new secondary headmasters in the United Kingdom, was mailed to new principals in 16 states. The paper addresses the following five questions: (1) What immediate changes do beginning principals report making at the start of their first year? (2) What changes do they make as they progress through the first year? (3) How do they bring closure to the year and make plans for launching the next year? (4) What do beginning principals see as particularly difficult change-related challenges during the first year? and (5) Are beginning principals' change efforts congruent with their vision or needs assessments? The analysis of data reveals that: subjects' early change activities focused on management and climate (morale); later activities focused on management and climate (support); end-of-the-year planning was weak and unfocused; and visions (especially related to instruction) were not achieved. Change was difficult, and principals exhibited a sense of lack of control over student management for instruction, administrative workload, attending to instructional goals, and resistant staff. (16 references) (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).