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ERIC Number: ED369182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Leaders: Professionals or Moral-Social Agents.
Chen, Michael; And Others
One definition of an educational leader is a professional and pragmatic person capable of setting a direction and goals for his or her school. Another definition of the educational leader is a social and moral agent. This second definition supports the idea that schools should be communities with shared moral and social values and highlights the importance of the principal in setting these guidelines. In furthering internal change in schools, principals also oversee the school bureaucracy and structure and encourage those leading to change. The traditional ways of acquiring leadership skills may be insufficient for all leadership tasks. This study examines the attitudes of educational leaders toward their changing role using the Israeli educational system as a model. Educational leaders who graduated from the educational administration program at Tel Aviv University were issued a questionnaire. The respondents viewed professional knowledge and skills as more valuable in developing leadership than the moral-social aspects of their role. A significant correlation was also found between the scale of professional orientation and social-moral leadership orientations. Respondents with a higher academic degree who prefer administration to teaching have a more positive orientation toward professional knowledge and skills than do other respondents. (Contains 13 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel