ERIC Number: EJ801633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Complexity and the Beginning Principal in the United States: Perspectives on Socialization
Crow, Gary M.
Journal of Educational Administration, v44 n4 p310-325 2006
Purpose: This paper aims to contribute to the literature and practice on beginning principal socialization by identifying the features of post-industrial work that create a more complex work environment for the practice and learning of the principalship in the USA. Design/methodology/approach: Based on recent literature on the changing nature of work, the paper applies those features of complexity to components of beginning principal socialization. Findings: The nature of work in post-industrial society and the changes in education, including a knowledge society, technology, demographic changes, and public accountability increase the complexity for US school principals. These features provide an important conceptual and normative basis for understanding and changing the content, sources, methods, and outcomes of beginning principal socialization. Originality/value: The paper contributes a set of conceptual and normative features that strengthens the understanding of how beginning principals learn the role.
Descriptors: Socialization, Work Environment, Accountability, Principals, Beginning Principals, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Administrator Role, Learning Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States