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ERIC Number: ED430920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-25
Pages: 14
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To Care or Not To Care: Can You Measure Care?
Terry, Paul M.
Teachers who leave the classroom to become principals often have difficulty adjusting to the new job responsibilities. A caring attitude may alleviate much of the stress associated with these administrative obligations. However, caring on the job is viewed as a weakness. This finding has led to the investigation of factors related to a caring administrator. The present research examines whether being a caring administrator provides growing opportunities outside of the classroom for teachers desiring a career change. The paper begins by reviewing literature on the definition of caring from various perspectives and on caring as it relates to school administration. Next, it investigates documented experiences of schools where caring exists. Finally, it concludes that effective schools nearly always have caring principals who are not afraid to give up power. Caring presents opportunities for administrators to grow as humans and for other people to grow from administrators' relationships with others. New administrators could feel more at ease with their new job responsibilities if they are perceived as caring. Recommendations include offering future administrators a graduate course on moral development; having professors of school leadership inform students of the aspect of caring and its implications on development; and informing current principals of the powers of caring. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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