ERIC Number: ED320239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Performance Styles and the High School Assistant Principal: A Field Study.
Radich, Paula A.
This study of the effects of an assistant principal's role limitations on problem-solving strategies focuses on three research areas: the sources of problematic situations; problem-solving strategies used and the reasons for their selection; and the consequences of those actions on the school. Participant observation and interviews constitute the primary methodologies in this study of one female high school assistant principal. Building on the theories of Bensman and Lilienfield, of Hanson, and of Goffman, a model is constructed of the problem-solving process. The stages include: (1) recognition of the problem situation and identification of its sources; (2) definition of the situation within the individual locus of control; (3) choice of a performance style congruent with role authority; and (4) consequences for the school. The goal of all performance styles is to maintain school stability. Findings indicate that performance styles are determined by individual role authority. Most administrators choose performance styles consistent with predictable roles, which are the most effective in maintaining school stability. (25 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Washington Educational Research Association (Tacoma, WA, March 15-16, 1990).