ERIC Number: ED345357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
The Social and Organizational Influence of Principals: Evaluating Principals on Organizational Criteria.
Hart, Ann Weaver
Evaluation of principals' performance has not kept pace with changes in schooling or with developments in teacher evaluation. Although some argue that schools' complexity makes outcomes-based evaluation of principals unrealistic, the need increases for tying evaluation to accountability. This paper describes one possible model based on principals' interactions with schools' social systems and on organizational socialization and leader/follower interaction theories. In the first section, some dynamics shaping this social context/student achievement connection through principal evaluation are examined in a brief summary of principal evaluation systems and a review of scarce literature. The second section outlines a few principles drawn from scholarship on the social and organizational influence of formal leaders. The third section discusses implications of this literature for an evaluation framework based on leader/school interaction and highlights the importance of effective work relationships, principals' skill in performing organizational analysis, the power of the school interaction view, and the search for and assessment of desired outcomes. The concluding section suggests the need for developing a best professional practice standard and applying it to improve principal evaluation. (41 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).