ERIC Number: EJ817193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Lifeworld or Systemsworld: What Guides Novice Principals?
Nelson, Sarah W.; de la Colina, Maria G.; Boone, Michael D.
Journal of Educational Administration, v46 n6 p690-701 2008
Purpose: This paper aims to contribute to the literature on principal preparation by examining the experiences of novice principals and what their experiences mean for principal preparation in the USA. Design/methodology/approach: The researchers employed qualitative methods to examine the experiences of four novice principals over a two-year period. Findings: The findings suggest that the current climate of efficiency and accountability is contributing to the socialization of principals who focus on the technical aspects of administration over the of relational aspects leadership. Originality/value: This study focuses on the link between preparation programs and the practice of novice principals, an area that has not been fully explored in the literature.
Descriptors: School Administration, Beginning Principals, Phenomenology, Administrator Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Socialization, Case Studies, Industrial Psychology, Administrator Guides, Administrator Qualifications, Leadership Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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