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ERIC Number: EJ1147105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0032-0684
The Co-Principalship: An Alternative to the Traditional Principalship
Eckman, Ellen W.; Kelber, Sheryl T.
Planning and Changing, v40 n1-2 p86-102 2009
A co-principal leadership model, where two individuals serve in one leadership position, is considered a special case of distributing leadership (Gronn & Hamilton, 2004). The co-principal leadership model has been suggested as an alternative organizational form that re-structures the role of the principal by enhancing the positive aspects of the position (Chirichello, 2003; Grubb & Flessa, 2006). The purpose of this study is to compare traditional principals and co-principals with regard to their experiences of role conflict, role commitment and job satisfaction. The co-principal model may be a viable option for addressing the demanding and stressful nature of the principalship if co-principals experience less role conflict and more job satisfaction than traditional principals. The results of this comparison provide a first step toward understanding the benefits of this shared leadership model.
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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