ERIC Number: ED452604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Field Investigation of On-the-Job Behavior of an Elementary School Principal.
Blendinger, Jack; Ariratana, Wallapha; Jones, Linda T.
This paper reports on a study that investigated the managerial behavior of a principal for 16 consecutive days in a rural elementary school setting in Northeastern Mississippi. According to available literature, no previously reported study has used direct observation to study an elementary school principal at work for longer than a week. Four particular areas were investigated: (1) amount of time spent on 10 administrative activities; (2) amount of time the principal spent participating in scheduled and unscheduled meetings and conferences; (3) the number of personal interactions on a daily basis; and (4) the number of times that the principal was interrupted while involved in office-related tasks or activities. Findings indicated that the principal spent the majority of her time managing by walking about the buildings and grounds, handling personnel matters, performing office-related tasks, disciplining students, and working with parents. The findings also revealed that the principal spent nearly 25 percent of her time on the job participating in scheduled and unscheduled meetings, and conferences. These findings indicate that preparation programs need to train elementary school principals to cope successfully with a role characterized by brevity, variety, and fragmentation. Principals need also to be taught how to manage by walking about, supervise human resources, perform office-related tasks efficiently, involve parents in their children's education, and improve education. (Contains 16 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).