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ERIC Number: ED316937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
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Superintendents and Unsuccessful Principals: A Limited Study in Oregon State.
Martin, Joanne Lucchesi
To investigate unsuccessful principals, those individuals who have been fired, transferred, or "counseled out" of a principalship by the superintendent, nine Washington school superintendents were interviewed. Based on the conclusions from these initial interviews, a self-response questionnaire was developed and administered to 30 superintendents of school districts in Oregon with student enrollments from 400 to 19,999. The questionnaire requested information regarding: (1) the behaviors of unsuccessful principals; (2) the superintendents' methods of handling unsuccessful principals; (3) the principals' outcomes; and (4) the significant circumstances within the school districts while the superintendents identified and handled the unsuccessful principals. The findings indicate that avoidance of situations and poor administrative skills were frequent high-impact behaviors of unsuccessful principals. The action of the superintendents with the unsuccessful principals began with a conference, followed by a continuation of expectation clarification with the principals through counseling, conferencing, and goal-based evaluation. The majority of unsuccessful principals were retired or transferred while the minority resigned or were terminated. The superintendents had school board support and cited the unsuccessful principal, teachers, and parents as sources of information. No clear pattern of circumstances involving unsuccessful principals was reported by the superintendents. (7 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon; Washington