ERIC Number: EJ1161494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating How to Support Principals as Instructional Leaders in Mathematics
Boston, Melissa D.; Henrick, Erin C.; Gibbons, Lynsey K.; Berebitsky, Dan; Colby, Glenn T.
Journal of Research on Leadership Education, v12 n3 p183-214 Dec 2017
We present a framework for considering principals' knowledge and actions to support high-quality instruction in a specific content area (mathematics). Using design research, we engaged principals in professional development and assessed principals' ability to identify aspects of high-quality mathematical tasks and instruction through pre-post task sort analyses and classroom video analyses. Significant differences occurred in principals' identification of high-quality mathematics tasks and instruction, students' thinking, and teachers' actions. Subsequent data identified changes in principals' feedback to mathematics teachers; however, this change was not sustained in following years. We hypothesize necessary conditions for supporting principals as instructional leaders in specific content areas.
Descriptors: Principals, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development, Video Technology, Professional Identity, Educational Quality, Feedback (Response), Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teaching Methods, Workshops, Middle School Teachers, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: ESI0554535