ERIC Number: ED411576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
School Principals: Their Roles and Preparation.
Graham, Michael W.
This paper presents findings of a survey of 500 elementary, middle, and senior high school principals. The survey focused on four areas of the principalship: (1) principals' perceived roles as building administrators; (2) time spent in those roles; (3) graduate school preparation for the roles; and (4) levels of job satisfaction. Findings indicate that the typical respondent spent 46-60 hours per week dealing with school-related activities, primarily "admininistrivia." Principals also reported spending a significant amount of time supervising students and faculty, attending meetings, and dealing with discipline situations. However, the majority of respondents expressed satisfaction with their work, colleagues, responsibilities, and supervisors. They spent little time in the role of instructional leaders for which graduate programs had prepared them. Graduate schools did provide training in communication, leadership, public-relations, and decision-making skills; however, principals seemed to lack preparation in class scheduling and discipline. Finally, respondents were least satisfied with their salary levels. A copy of the questionnaire is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Creating the Quality School (Oklahoma City, OK, March 20-22, 1997).