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ERIC Number: ED399667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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High School Principal Roles and Implementation Themes for Mainstreaming Information Literacy Instruction.
Campbell, Barbara S.; Cordiero, Paula A.
Societal changes driven by computer technology have contributed to the call for schools to prepare information-literate students. This paper presents findings of a case study that examined the roles that principals played in successful efforts to mainstream information-literacy instruction. The study also examined whether the change-implementation processes associated with successful school innovation were present in two case-study schools, one rural and one high school. Data were gathered from interviews with eight informants at each site--principals, library-media specialists (LMSs), assistant principals, teachers, and support staff. All six mechanisms were found in the rural school--vision building, evolutionary planning, empowerment, resource mobilization, problem coping and monitoring, and restructuring. The urban school exhibited evidence of all but the restructuring process. The principals played the roles of direction setter, communicator, and facilitator. Conclusions are that: (1) the substance of mainstreaming seems to force restructuring; and (2) engaging in ongoing communication is a key principal role. (Contains 70 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).