ERIC Number: ED501101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 30
Relationship Building: The First "R" for Principals
Rieg, Sue A.; Marcoline, Joseph F.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference (Hilton Head, SC, Feb 20-23, 2008)
School leadership today demands skills, knowledge, and attitudes much different than those required a short time ago. With the increased accountability for principals to achieve and maintain adequate yearly progress, test scores are often seen by teachers and parents as principals' top priority. Relationships are seen as secondary and they should be higher on the priority list. It is our contention that if principals spend more time building relationships with students, teachers, parents, and community members, test scores will rise and discipline referrals will diminish. Several methods were used to collect data for this study: (1) A thorough review of literature on principals and relationships was completed; (2) Five principals from China were surveyed regarding ways they build relationships with young children in their schools; (3) Principals were interviewed as to how they build relationships with students, teachers, parents/families and the community; and (4) Teachers were informally questioned as to how principals currently work to build relationships and how they would like to see principals build relationships with people in their school community. Recommendations for practice including getting to know the students on a professional, yet personal level, understanding the needs of teachers, building positive rapport with families, and connecting to the community are given for principals to build relationships with school constituents.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Administrator Role, Literature Reviews, Young Children, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Qualities, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Elementary Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China