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ERIC Number: EJ792413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
NAESP's 10-Year Study of the K-8 Principal: A Historical Perspective
Protheroe, Nancy
Principal, v87 n4 p46-50 Mar-Apr 2008
Articles in the Research Report series published in each issue of "Principal" typically focus on things principals can do to develop effective schools and classrooms. Recent topics have included math instruction, ways to support new teachers, and the role a child's sense of emotional well-being can play in enhancing learning opportunities. This article takes a different perspective. It takes a historical look at characteristics of K-8 principals, their attitudes about schools and the principalship, and their assessments of problems facing schools. Thanks to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), there is a rich database available for such information. Beginning in 1928, NAESP has periodically conducted a 10-year study of the K-8 principal. This retrospective looks at ways in which principals' responses to previous surveys have changed or--in some cases--remained the same over the years until the most recent study was conducted in 1998. NAESP's understanding of the importance of both current and trend data on the K-8 principal and the people serving in this position--and the Association's commitment to collecting this information--provides a valuable resource. Soon to be updated with 2008 data, this resource can help support efforts to highlight the importance of the K-8 principal in providing a high-quality education for all students, provide information for groups and institutions of higher education developing preparation programs, and assist NAESP with planning future initiatives and services. (Contains 1 table.)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-386-2377; Tel: 703-684-3345; Fax: 800-396-2377; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001