ERIC Number: ED479805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-8
Recommendations and Implications Emerging from a National Study of Middle Level Leadership.
Petzko, Vicki N.
This research reports the personal characteristics of middle-level principals, their professional and academic preparation, the nature of their jobs, their future plans, and their recommendations for the development of future middle-level principals. Implications for current middle-level principals are noted as are recommendations for the recruitment, development, and continuous training of future principals of middle-level schools. Consistent with previous studies, middle-level schools were defined in the study as those serving young adolescents in any combination of grades 5 through 9. Principals of all middle-level schools in the United States were invited to participate in the online survey. More than 1,400 principals completed the questionnaire. Survey questions addressed four major areas relative to middle-level schools: (1) their context and environment; (2) the leaders and leadership structures; (3) curriculum; and (4) school improvement practices. The focus in this paper is on the leaders and leadership of middle-level schools. Results present characteristics of middle-level principals, their academic preparation, prior experiences and professional preparation, the challenges of their work, and their future plans. In addition, specific information is presented on how they spend their time and their perceptions of roadblocks to successful school reform. (Author)
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 (31st, Chattanooga, TN, November 6-9, 2002).