ERIC Number: ED458710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
What's Right about the Principalship?
Malone, Bobby G.; Sharp, William L.; Walter, James K.
Superintendents report the principal's job as overly demanding in light of the compensation that is provided. While the negative aspects of the principal's job are well documented and are communicated to students in principal preparation programs, principals do report a high degree of job satisfaction with their chosen profession. In this study, the researchers tried to ascertain the "motivators" of the principal's job: What is right about the position, and what are those aspects that contribute to the high job satisfaction reported by principals? The findings from questionnaires returned indicate that the negative depiction in the literature is not the picture that principals report when they participate in research studies. Additional questions are whether the negative side of a principal's job is fabricated or is unintentionally used as a motivational device to challenge those who elect to become principals. The perceptions of working principals emphasize the positive aspects of the position, which may very well serve as a motivating force for those who are trying to decide if they want to become principals. (Contains 19 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).