ERIC Number: ED447563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-24
The Longitudinal Study of the Professional Needs of Principals.
Erlandson, David A.
This paper discusses a longitudinal study of principals' professional needs. The study began with pilot studies in 1994 under the approval of the University Consortium of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and involved universities in five states. Members of the pilot groups were asked to provide open-ended responses to questions concerning professional needs. These responses were then grouped and sent to an expanded sample of principals to see if they concurred. Responses from this second round were used to develop the study's taxonomy and to determine wording for items in the final form of the questionnaire. Questionnaires were mailed in 1996 and 1997. The 1998 survey was conducted totally by electronic means. The return rates had fallen with each year, and the universities decided to end the study. However, surveys were to be sent to principals in Texas who were interested in continuing with the survey. Survey results indicate that principals' greatest professional needs are in the area of instruction. They also placed high priority on parent relationships and personal relationships in the school. Furthermore, the principals' responses within particular professional need categories, such as technology, represented different levels of growth and adaptation. Summary reports of the 1996 and 1997 surveys are included. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Principals' Center.; Texas A and M Univ., College Station.