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ERIC Number: ED427383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
View from the Field: The Principal's Perspective on Effective School Leadership Characteristics.
Daresh, John C.; Dunlap, Karen; Gantner, Myrna W.; Hvizdak, Marianne
This paper explores ways in which education programs can improve their screening of master's degree candidates. It examines information obtained from principals and assistant principals in El Paso, Texas for the purpose of understanding what effective campus administrators should know and be able to do. The Delphi process was used in this study to arrive at a group position regarding an issue and was also employed to create a 28-item survey instrument that identified the essential elements of an effective principal preparation program. The resultant instrument, the "Principal Preparation Program Survey," was then administered to 226 practicing principals/assistant principals in the three largest school districts in El Paso. Factor analysis produced six categories of skills for administrators: (1) technical skills influenced by human relations; (2) technical skills influenced by legal mandates; (3) creating an inviting culture; (4) building community; (5) ethics in practice; and (6) understanding relationships. Together, the technical-skills factors accounted for 38.2 percent of the total variance, incorporating 14 of the 28 items on the survey. The results suggest that the principalship is the art of leadership in an atmosphere of chaos and that preparation programs can teach technical skills but should also emphasize the intangible factors represented in categories 3 to 6. (The survey instrument appears in an appendix.) Contains 31 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (El Paso)