ERIC Number: ED322626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Principal Belief Systems: One Cultural Characteristic Allowing for Effective Instructional Leadership.
Hayden, Robert N.
The ways in which principal belief systems develop in relation to superintendent role expectations for principals are described in this paper. Methodology included a literature review and participant observation during a 6-month field study to generate grounded theory. Findings indicate that superintendents' communication of role expectations to principals is a significant factor in the principal socialization process. A systematic evaluation process, preferably a conference between the superintendent and principal, is necessary for transmission of the instructional leader role. Congruent belief systems and role identities develop from principals' focus on superintendents' instructional messages, and result in improved home/school relations, instructional leadership, and distinguished schools. Figures illustrate models of the socialization process and interaction dynamics. An extensive bibliography is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).