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ERIC Number: ED316913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 102
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The Selection of Elementary and Secondary School Principals: Process and Promise.
Reed, Rodney J.
The principal plays a crucial role in determining the overall effectiveness of the school; therefore, attention must be focused not only on principal preparation, but also on principal recruitment and selection. Today a greater emphasis is being placed on managerial skills in principal selection, but personal characteristics still exert a heavy influence. A review of literature regarding principal characteristics indicated that, in effective schools, principals: (1) provide assertive, achievement-oriented leadership; (2) maintain an orderly, purposeful, and peaceful school climate; (3) have high expectations for staff and pupils; (4) have well-designed instructional objectives; and (5) utilize an evaluation system for the staff. Administrative recruitment should be aimed at developing a wide applicant pool that contains a substantial quantity of women and minorities--groups who traditionally have been underrepresented in administrative positions. A conceptual model is presented within this document to aid in the implementation of a recruitment and selection program. The assessment center is a step in the direction of predicting principal effectiveness, but the question still remains of whether the assessment center is the most effective and efficient way of selecting school leaders. The bibliography contains 293 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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