ERIC Number: ED464386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Explorations in Principal Leadership across an Array of School Types.
Portin, Bradley S.
The centrality of school leadership as a necessary element for school success is a well-determined part of the educational leadership research canon. Although school leadership is broad-based and includes many factors, the central role the principal plays is most often seen as a pivot around which much of a school's progress depends. However, it is apparent, particularly from the self-reports of practicing principals, that the work of school principals is becoming more difficult and complex. As expectations rise for schools to increase academic success, there are growing shortages of qualified applicants for some school principal positions, particularly in some urban locations and at the secondary level. The findings in this study are part of a larger project funded by the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds "Leaders Count" education initiative. This initiative looks at the central question: "Can we attract, train and keep enough future leaders of quality and vision to realize the unmet goal of educational excellence for all children?" The project reported here falls under the umbrella of five projects to examine both the principalship and the superintendency from policy and practice frameworks. This is a work-in-progress and is the 2nd year of a 3-year effort. (Contains 14 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 University Council for Educational Administration (Cincinnati, OH, November 2-4, 2001).