ERIC Number: ED316378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-9
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming a Rural School Principal: A Seven-State Study.
Muse, Ivan; And Others
The position of rural principal differs from that of the urban school administrator, often requiring more sacrifice to earn administrative credentials and demanding day-to-day involvement in every aspect of school activity. This paper reports the results of a 7-state study of 600 principals to determine differences between principalships in rural and urban settings, the attractions of rural principals' positions, and to identify the future rural administrators. Of the respondents, 82% were male. Only 47% planned to be in their present positions in 5 years. All had teaching experience, 69% in rural schools, with the majority having taught more than 6 years; however, 55% had not taught in their present districts prior to becoming administrators, and 59% noted that no one else in their districts held administrative certification. Only 60% of those principals whose teaching experience was at the elementary level were classroom teachers. The others were physical education teachers, counselors, or special education teachers. The greatest source of supplemental income was spouses' salaries. The paper raises a number of questions about the source of future principals, the reasons men comprise the overwhelming majority of principals, whether standards for rural principals should be raised or altered, and the need for special programs to prepare rural principals. (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (Reno, NV, October 9, 1989).