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ERIC Number: ED447994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Problems of Rural School Administrators: Are They Complicated by the Multi-School Principalship?
Walters, Donald L.; Pickands, D. Morgan
A study examined rural school administrators' perceptions of their jobs and how academic achievement and school climate were affected at rural schools that shared principals, compared to rural schools that had their own principal. Sixteen rural school administrators from across the nation were interviewed about their perceptions of their jobs, and data were gathered on academic achievement and teacher perceptions of school climate from 325 Pennsylvania rural elementary schools. Results indicate that administrators value interacting with students and teachers. They are pleased and proud when students are successful; they are frustrated and concerned when students misbehave or are unsuccessful. Rural administrators want to see firsthand what is happening and be able to respond to situations with a direct, personal touch. The principal's role is changing from the traditional directing role to one of facilitating involvement and collaboration. Data from a statewide test of fifth-grade math and reading showed that out of six comparisons between single-school and multischool principalships, five favored the multischool principalship, although only one showed a significant difference. School climate did not differ between single-school and multischool principalships. Graduate programs should provide at least one course on rural school administration. Multischool principals should counter loss of direct involvement by delegating and sharing accountability and responsibility with staff, students, parents, and the community. Appendices present the study population and student achievement and school climate instruments. (Contains 26 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania