ERIC Number: ED373398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Principal's Contribution to Instruction: Seven Principals, Seven Stories. Case #6: Florence Barnhart, Principal of an Inner-City Junior High School.
Dwyer, David C.; And Others
This case study presents findings from a year-long ethnographic study of the female principal of a secondary school in an innercity setting. It concludes one of seven studies conducted in elementary and intermediate schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings to investigate the instructional management role of principals. Data collection involved principal observation and interviews with students, teachers, and principals. The school was characterized by a predominantly black student population, student violence, poor academic achievement, and lack of community support. Most of the principal's activities revolved around communicating the school's work structure, creating safety and order, and improving student and staff relations. However, although she effectively changed the school climate, student learning did not significantly improve. Six figures are included. Contains 64 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA. Instructional Management Program.
Note: Prepared under the "Instructional Management Program". For Volume 1 ("Methodology") and the other case studies, see EA 025 987-994.