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ERIC Number: EJ792414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
When Principals Lose Touch with the Classroom
Jorgenson, Olaf; Peal, Christopher
Principal, v87 n4 p52-55 Mar-Apr 2008
Many teachers believe that their administrators have lost touch with life in the classroom, and the resulting gap is a serious concern. Closing a perception gap between principals and teachers is critical if they are to work together for their mutual benefit and that of the children they serve. The authors of this article asked a group of veteran, mid-career, and novice teachers to reflect on the perceived gap between principals and teachers. All respondents acknowledged that a perception gap existed to some extent at their schools, and many felt that this gap profoundly impacted the working environment by creating a sense of isolation among the faculty. This article discusses: (1) why the gap occurs; (2) how perceptions of the gap affects school climate and the relationship between faculty and administration; and (3) what principals and teachers can do to help close the gap.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A