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ERIC Number: EJ1105264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-0723
Still Waiting for "Superprincipal": Examining U.S. Policymaker Expectations for School Principals, 2001-2011
Peck, Craig; Reitzug, Ulrich C.; West, Deborah L.
Education Leadership Review, v14 n1 p58-68 Mar 2013
This study seeks to understand US policymaker expectations regarding principals during a decade of increased school accountability. We used historical methodology to map connections and locate themes among principal-centered reform documents and policies from the past ten years. We found that policymakers framed the principal as someone who: (1) serves as the focal point of school improvement initiatives, (2) delegates leadership to others, and (3) accepts ultimate individual responsibility for school results. We contend that, in the end, these three resonant policy themes from the decade intensified rather than softened the notion of school leader as superprincipal. The study concludes by considering implications.
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Language: English
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