ERIC Number: EJ831278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 19
Principals and Conflict Management: Do Preparation Programs Do Enough?
Anderson, Michael J.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v4 n1 p4-13 Spr 2007
Conflict management is among the skills necessary for the development of successful school leaders. Those in campus leadership positions are certain to face conflict situations on a regular basis. This study focused on four questions about conflict in the professional lives of campus administrators: (1) What is the frequency of conflict encountered by principals and assistant principals in contexts involving students, parents, teachers, and district-level administrators?; (2) What is the perception of principals and assistant principals regarding the importance of conflict management skills in their roles as campus leaders?; (3) What is the perception of principals and assistant principals regarding the extent of conflict management preparation they received in their university-based principal certification programs?; and (4) What is the perception of principals and assistant principals regarding the extent of conflict management training provided by their school districts? From the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 255 campus administrators were asked to take part in this study by completing questionnaires. This study revealed these perceptions about the frequency of conflict encountered by respondents in their roles as school leaders: (1) School leaders face student conflict issues on a routine basis; (2) School leaders face parent conflict issues to a lesser degree than student conflict issues; however, they encounter parent conflict issues on a regular to routine basis; (3) School leaders encounter teacher conflict issues on a regular to limited basis; (4) School leaders encounter conflict with their supervisors on a limited to rare basis; (5) Principals and assistant principals perceive conflict management skills to be very important in their roles as campus leaders; and (6) School leaders receive some conflict management training from school districts and university principal preparation/certification programs; however they do not consider this training to be very extensive. (Contains 8 tables.)
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Conflict, School Districts, Certification, Management Development, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Conflict Resolution, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Education, Educational Environment, Administrator Attitudes, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Texas