ERIC Number: ED370244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
The Goal Orientation of the Principal: A Key Factor in the Success or Failure of School Change.
This paper presents findings of a 4-year study that examined the dynamics of educational change in 11 elementary and secondary schools that were adopting global education into their curricula. Data were obtained from informal observations, interviews with principals, and interviews with and surveys of teachers. Findings identified three kinds of goal orientations held by principals--focused, diffuse, or coping--that influenced the success of program implementation. The focused principals seemed to most clearly understand the meaning of global education and recognized its role in helping them achieve their own goals. The schools with focused principals came closest to bringing a global perspective to the curriculum. Other factors included the principal's leadership style and school district ethos. A conclusion is that real school improvement requires a major focus on helping people at the school site, particularly the principal, to clarify and develop their own vision and meanings. Contains 23 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 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 1994).