ERIC Number: ED355653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Unsung Role of the Career Assistant Principal.
Common views of the assistant principal (AP) as the "Marine Corps sergeant type" with nowhere better to be are outdated. Career APs have diverse roles in school administration, often including, but not limited to, discipline. Many career APs find rewards in working with children and put high value on having a balanced personal life. Two researchers observed and interviewed 10 APs as well as interviewing their principals, colleagues, spouses and others who had observed their work over a long term. Additional surveys (of 26 APs) and focus groups interviewing (of 14 award-winning APs) were also conducted. Typically, APs start their day early with meetings with administrators, teachers, or parents. Then they begin to walk the halls to monitor students. Their professional duties often continue after the work day is over. APs most often cite helping students as the main reward of their positions. Other rewards include solving problems, helping teachers, and setting a stable school atmosphere. APs appreciate consistent policies, noninterference, support, and good salaries. Increasingly, APs are being asked to take on more responsibility as educational needs change. Three appendixes are included on research methods, a focus-group interview guide, and an open-ended survey. (JPT)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Assistant Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Information, Rewards
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.