ERIC Number: ED379781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
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Defining the Principalship: Expectations of Preservice Teachers.
Daresh, John C.; Hartley, Melissa J.
This paper presents findings of a study that explored the perceptions held by aspiring teachers regarding the role, function, and responsibilities of school principals. Data were collected through interviews with four students enrolled in preservice teacher education programs leading to elementary teacher certification at a large state university. The teaching candidates demonstrated a naive understanding of principals' roles, viewing principals as existing to service their classroom work. They tended to perceive the principal as an authoritarian figure and a resource gatherer. The students did not see principals as sources of instructional leadership or professional development, nor did they conceive of themselves as participants in school decision making. Findings indicate that teachers are still being prepared to operate as technicians who focus on instruction and control of students. It is recommended that teacher-preparation programs inform aspiring teachers about their schoolwide roles and cultivate an appreciation of the larger school environment. Principals, also, should be made aware of their responsibility to socialize new teachers so that their misconceptions about principals may be dispelled. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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