ERIC Number: ED481543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Are Assistant Principals Prepared for Principalship? How Do Assistant Principals Perceive?
Chan, T. C.; Webb, Linda; Bowen, Charles
This paper documents a study that investigated the perceptions of assistant principals regarding their preparation for principalship. The primary contribution of the study is to provide answers to questions concerning the issues of principal shortages since assistant principalship serves as the training ground for principalship. Data for the study were collected from a review of the literature and from a survey of 130 randomly selected assistant principals of elementary, middle, and high schools. The data were subjected to an analysis of variance to determine if demographic factors contributed to differences in assistant principals' perceptions. Overall, the findings show that not all assistant principals aspire to the principalship. Most of those who aspired to be principals were male and in the beginning years of their assistant principalship. Many, however, confessed they lacked the experience needed to be principals. Further results of the study reveal that most assistant principals do not have sufficient on-the-job training to prepare them to be school principals. The report concludes that if public schools continue to recruit school principals by grooming assistant principals, an improved program of mentoring assistant principals needs to be in place. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Assistant Principals, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Management Development, Occupational Information, Principals, Professional Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Sino-American Education Consortium (Kennesaw, GA, October 10-11, 2003).