ERIC Number: ED374564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Principal Behaviors.
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
This paper summarizes research findings related to the performance behaviors of effective school principals. It identifies eight characteristics of effective schools: (1) schoolwide measurement and recognition of academic success; (2) high emphasis on curriculum articulation; (3) support for instructional tasks; (4) high expectations and clear goals for student performance; (5) collaborative planning with the faculty; (6) instructional leadership; (7) an orderly, studious environment; and (8) parental support for student education. Principal behaviors to promote the eight characteristics are outlined. The broad dimensions of the principal's role--the administrative-managerial role and the educational leadership role--are also discussed. The educational leadership dimension seeks to change the behavior of those involved in teaching-learning toward achieving school goals, and to build a cohesive social system within the school that is committed to school goals. Coupled with the supervisory functions of the administrative-managerial dimension, the educational leadership dimension is crucial for school effectiveness. (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.