ERIC Number: ED357505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
The Arrival of the New Principal: Reactions of Staff.
Daresh, John C.
Findings of a study that identified the kinds of problems faced by new principals who had participated in innovative principal-preparation programs are presented in this paper. Data were collected through a series of interviews conducted with eight individuals who had assumed their first principalships during the 1991-92 school year. All had recently completed administrator-preparation programs in universities that had received curricular development support from the Danforth Foundation between 1987 and 1991. Principals reported that they encountered a similar problem during their first year--that of teachers' reactions to new leadership. The study uses Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's classic description of the stages of grief as a framework to describe such reactions. Examples of these stages--denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance--are described. Conclusions are: (1) that staff reactions are not directed personally toward the new principals; (2) that new principals should learn about their predecessors' leadership styles; and (3) that teachers often rely on their principals' subtle signals to guide their personal behaviors. (Contains 6 references.) (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 (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).