ERIC Number: ED321400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Secondary School Principals as Instructional Leaders: Their Past Influences and Current Sources for Instructional Leadership Advice and Information.
Niece, Richard D.
The generation of categories of instructional leadership descriptors and the identification of past influences and current resources is the purpose of this study. Data for the first research purpose were gathered through application of Flannigan's (1954) critical incident and functional description techniques to responses of experts on instructional leadership. Data collection for the second and third purposes was through semistructured interviews with selected secondary nominated key informant principals. Data analysis of the first three phases was followed by a second conference with the principals to record case studies and to categorize past and current leadership sources. Five categories of instructional leadership and a triangularized research design were developed. Findings indicate that public school administrators were the major influence on developing instructional leaders. Other conclusions point to the importance of principals' interaction and communication with different groups and other principals, and their reliance upon professional journals as current information sources. Figures illustrate instructional leadership spheres of triangularization and different leadership styles. (24 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (Columbus, OH, October 1989).