ERIC Number: ED420103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-16
A Study of Parental Views Regarding the Characteristics of an Effective School Leader.
Gantner, Myrna W.
This study examined what parents viewed as necessary for creating effective school leaders. The research used focus groups in order to obtain qualitative information that could guide program development. The results confirm the notion that parents want to participate in the democratic revitalization of society through interaction with school leaders. Parents are interested in developing and supporting principals, with the ultimate aim of creating more vibrant and exciting schools for their children. Parent involvement is frequently cited as a necessary component to effective school reform, and parents are increasingly demanding a voice in the education process. It is suggested that schools benefit when parents are involved in decision making. Parents are the primary clientele of schools, are more likely to support school decisions when their voices are heard, and bring a different perspective to school leadership. Appended is the "Focus Group Interview Guide." (Contains four pages of references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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