ERIC Number: ED373399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Principal's Contribution to Instruction: Seven Principals, Seven Stories. Case #7: Louis Wilkens, Principal of a Suburban Elementary School.
Dwyer, David C.; And Others
This case study presents findings of a year-long ethnographic study of a principal of a suburban elementary school. It concludes one of seven studies conducted in elementary and intermediate schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings that investigated the instructional management role of principals. Data collection involved hundreds of hours of observation of principals' activities and interviews with students, teachers, and principals. The school under study was characterized by a predominantly white, well-to-do student body; poor community relations; and faculty conflict. The principal focused on changing the school's work culture to improve school climate, devoting most of his time to scheduling, organizing, allocating resources, and communicating the work structure to school staff. He also improved community relations and used informal modeling to create an environment conducive to academic success. This series of studies has found that principals can significantly change their schools' instructional systems and thereby affect the social and academic experiences of students. Thirteen 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 025 987-993.