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ERIC Number: ED314853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 37
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Principal as Patriot Saboteur.
Garmston, Robert; Lambert, Linda
This paper explores the idea that two important elements are represented within the personality of the most effective principals: the heart of a patriot and the mind of a saboteur. Notions about these sources of principal power are explored from the perspective of the patriot saboteur, by which is meant a combination of a passionate commitment to transcendent values with a critical consciousness that among other things, works continually against unthinking conformity and the maintenance of the status quo. The sources of principal leadership flow from the confluence of cognitive functioning, psychological orientation, and personal identity. Of the three, the elements of cognitive functioning are more teachable and their analysis occupies the bulk of the paper. Familiar psychological and psychobiological concepts of information processing are discussed in terms of the particular model of the principle put forward in this paper. It is suggested also that possible curriculum programs can be designed to educate principals in the role of patriot saboteur. A figure outlining some cognitive functions in four phases of principals' thought processes: planning, doing, reflecting, and applying is appended. (21 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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