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ERIC Number: EJ817191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Challenges of a Successful First-Year Principal in Mexico
Slater, Charles L.; Garcia, Jose Maria; Gorosave, Gema Lopez
Journal of Educational Administration, v46 n6 p702-714 2008
Purpose: This case study is an attempt to understand the experience of a school principal, Arnulfo. The research question is: what are the challenges of one first-year school director in Baja California, Mexico? Design/methodology/approach: Arnulfo participated in an interview and five focus groups at the Ensenada State Normal School. He kept a journal of incidents completed during April-July 2006. A team of three researchers helped to write the case study. One researcher collected the data and wrote a summary in Spanish. A second researcher organized the material and translated it into English. The third researcher criticized and reviewed the write-up. Findings: Arnulfo faced a variety of challenges, but the burden of paperwork was the most serious. It can be understood on a number of levels. Bolman and Deals four frames to understand organizations and leadership help to explain the complexity in terms of structural, human resource, symbolic, and political. The political frame was Arnulfos greatest strength. He advocated for the school, formed alliances with parents, and took action to get the support of others. Practical implications: The analysis, if confirmed by broader studies with larger samples, would lead to several recommendations for educational administration preparation. Principals need to know about the structural tasks of paperwork maintain relationships with supervisors to assure adequate support understand the symbolic culture in which they work, and become savvy in the ways of politics. Originality/value: The International Study of Principal Preparation will compare findings and offer perspective on the extent to which these issues are representative of challenges that directors face in eight other countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico