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ERIC Number: EJ804089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Principals' Perceptions of Critical Skills Needed for Administration of Special Education
Stevenson-Jacobson, Rita; Jacobson, John; Hilton, Alan
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v19 n2 p39-47 Nov 2006
Educational leadership is ranked as the primary variable associated with effective schools. A number of studies have examined the role of principals and the skills needed for administering special education programs. Other research studies identified important knowledge and skills principals should have in relation to special education. In an effort to both validate and consolidate previous work in the area of critical skills for principals in relationship to special education, the authors asked elementary and middle school principals what they considered to be critical competencies. Information was gathered on these principals' background, training, assignments, and specific practices related to administering special education at the building level. It was found that elementary and middle school principals agreed on eight critical competencies that principals need: (1) managing the education of students in the less restrictive environment (LRE); (2) collaborative teaching strategies; (3) the case study approach; (4) general/special education procedures; (5) parent rights; (6) state/federal requirements; (7) state/federal statues: and (8) recruitment, selection, orientation, and supervision of staff. (Contains 3 tables.)
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A