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ERIC Number: ED432038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Perfect Match: A Case Study of a First Year Woman Principal.
Duncan, P. Kay; Seguin, Cynthia Anast; Spaulding, Wendy
This paper presents a case study illustrating the experiences of a first-year elementary-school principal. It follows her through her 18 months on the job, and analyzes the factors contributing to her ouster. The data for the study were gathered through two interviews with the principal and interviews with five other persons in her school district. It relates the principal's positive impressions of her first year on the job and her firm conviction that she had won the trust of her teachers. However, interviews with others revealed that teachers felt that the principal was trying to change too many things too rapidly and that she had little respect for the ways in which teachers had handled situations in the past. Although the principal had enjoyed some successes in her first year, having met all of her goals, teacher resentment continued to grow and undermined their respect for the principal. She was perceived as a foreigner in this small-town school, which, combined with her perceived abrasive style, increased the staff's alienation. Speculations about what the principal could have done to save her position are offered, but her inability to listen to her teachers and their ideas and opinions doomed any such hope of acceptance. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas