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ERIC Number: ED472144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-25
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How Do School Principals Acquire Leadership Skills?
Huber, Gunter L.; Kiegelmann, Mechthild
Teacher education in Germany has no subdiscipline dedicated to school administration. School principals and candidates for this position are offered short inservice training, but most of the necessary skills are acquired on the job. It remains unclear how principals master this challenge and to what extent these learning opportunities are available and effective. This is a report of a study on the acquisition of leadership skills. The study was conducted among 800 principals in secondary schools in a district in southwest Germany in spring 2001. Special emphasis was laid on the challenges caused by changing school systems because many principals had complained about restrictive structural developments. A high percentage of returned questionnaires demonstrated principals interest in the study and supplied necessary information about demands on principals and their available or lacking competencies. The resultspresented in text and in eight bar chartsshow that participating principals see themselves as holding key roles within schools as "learning systems." Furthermore, participants feel that further training is urgently necessary, especially in areas such as group management, moderation of conferences, project management, and conflict resolution. The report also outlines the structure and content of possible training programs for ambitious teachers. (Contains two references.) (AUTHOR/WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany