ERIC Number: ED426469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Increasing the Professional Efficacy of Secondary School Assistant Principals through the Process of Collegial Collaboration.
Harris, J. Robert
This paper describes a practicum that was designed to increase the efficacy of assistant principals as members of an administrative team in a learning organization. The 1-year practicum took place at a grades 8 to 12 public school facility in a rural community. The problems facing the school principal, who designed the practicum were that the two assistant principals did not possess a clear understanding of their job description and did not have leadership skills at a level required for the job. The paper provides an investigation into existing literature concerning these issues and discusses solution strategies as described by this literature. Four specific expected outcomes are developed: (1) assistant principals need to become more active participants in the development of their own job descriptions; (2) assistant principals need to become more active participants in regional meetings and initiatives; (3) improved principal-assistant principals communication is needed to enhance knowledge of school operations; and (4) collegial collaboration is needed to obtain professional efficacy. The paper not only explains how solutions were selected and how outcomes were measured, but also provides weekly action reports taken over a 3-month period. The results show that all the desired outcome goals were met. The results of this practicum will have a direct effect on the 1998-99 school year. (Contains 38 references.) (RIB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.