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ERIC Number: ED353207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
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High School Department Chairs as Instructional Leaders: Four Case Studies.
Wettersten, Jill A.
This paper presents four case studies in which high school department chairs fulfill instructional leadership roles more commonly associated with principals and assistant principals. The study explores specific instructional leadership practices and factors contributing to the establishment and fulfillment of the position; and it determines to what extent the position of department chair is perceived by chairs, principals, teachers, and other administrators and staff to be that of an instructional leader. Data were gathered by shadowing and interviewing department chairs, and by interviewing teachers, administrators, and other chairs in the building. Findings indicate that department chairs are the designated and perceived instructional leaders in their departments: they develop and coordinate curricula within their academic areas; they supervise and evaluate instruction; hire and fire teachers with administrative approval; influence school policy through regular contact with the administration; and excel as facilitators, buffers, conduits, and intermediaries between the administration and the department thereby bridging two different but related bodies in the high school environment. (Contains 37 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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