ERIC Number: ED407713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
From Mr. Wameke to Mr. Rivelle to Mr. Woodman: Images of Principals in Film and Television.
Despite burgeoning literature that acknowledges the importance of the principalship in achieving and maintaining school effectiveness, principals have been depicted unfavorably in film and television as insecure autocrats, petty bureaucrats, and classic buffoons. This paper presents findings of a study that not only catalogued images of principals in selected movies and situation comedies on television, but also investigated the motivations behind, and the construction and reception of, such images. The study used a historical-cultural studies approach to analyze images of principals in film and television. Data were gathered through content analysis of over 35 television programs and films from 1950-1996. A total of 286 elementary and high school students and 49 teachers were also surveyed. Research questions included: (1) How are principals depicted in film and television? (2) To what extent are these images of principals confirmed by the experiences of students, teachers, parents, and principals themselves? (3) What are the influential historical forces or factors that have shaped our images of principals? and (4) To what extent do principals contribute to the perpetuation of stereotyped images? Findings suggest that reconceptualizing the theory and practice of administration based on an "ethic of caring" should be a priority. (Contains 79 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).