ERIC Number: ED353700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Charting Reform: The Principals' Perspective. Report on a Survey of Chicago Public School Principals.
Bennett, Albert L.; And Others
Findings of a study that examined principals' attitudes toward recent school reform, initiated by the Chicago School Reform Act of 1988, are presented in this paper. A survey of 550 Chicago public elementary and high school principals yielded 457 responses, an overall response rate of 83 percent. Findings indicate that principals' moderately positive ratings of school governance are consistent with those of teachers who were surveyed in a previous study. Schools with effective governance arrangements are smaller and have higher levels of teacher collegiality and positive school-community relations. Principals report improvement in classroom teaching and community relations, but no significant change in the organization of teachers' work. However, many poor schools remain relatively untouched by school reform. Finally, principals are optimistic about their schools and see positive practices emerging, but do not necessarily feel better about their own work. They experience increased accountability and administrative demands, reduced authority, inadequate resources, constraints in removing incompetent teachers, and lack of time to devote to instructional leadership. Seventy-five percent plan to leave the principalship within 10 years. (Contains 10 endnotes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.