ERIC Number: ED369187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Perceptions of First-Year Elementary Principals in Three Southeastern States Regarding Principal Induction Programs.
Elsberry, Cynthia C.; Bishop, Harold L.
Current literature reveals that induction for beginning principals is often poorly planned or nonexistent. The purpose of this research, which examined induction practices for 112 randomly selected first-year elementary principals in Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina, was to study current induction programs, determine beginning principals' needs, and identify effective induction methods. Respondents ranked 10 areas of responsibility for first-year elementary principals in order of need for inclusion in induction programs. "Goal setting and planning" was ranked first, followed by "instruction and curriculum development." Respondents also identified which of 18 presented induction practices they had personally experienced and rated their effectiveness. Inservice workshops and professional association meetings, the most frequently used practices, were considered two of the least effective. The practices considered most effective (summer induction conference prior to the first year and mentoring with a veteran principal within the same district) were used infrequently. South Carolina principals experienced the greatest number of induction practices, followed by Alabama, then Mississippi principals. Larger school systems offered a significantly greater number of induction practices than did small school systems. Included are recommendations, an author abstract, and 27 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Mississippi; South Carolina