ERIC Number: EJ835465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
The Organizational Socialization of Assistant Principals
Mertz, Norma T.
Journal of School Leadership, v16 n6 p644-675 Nov 2006
The purpose of the study was to describe the organizational socialization of assistant principals and consider how that socialization prepares them for becoming principals. Using a case study research design and social systems theory as the theoretical framework, 8 assistant principals in 2 different high schools were interviewed (as were their principals) and observed as they went about their work. The assistant principals were socialized in the position by what they lived as assistants, what they learned by the example of their principals and other assistants, and what was and was not reinforced in their practice. They learned to do school as it is currently being done and to see how it is currently being done as the way that it should be done. What they learned prepared them ill to lead schools in new ways when and if they became principals.
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Socialization, Principals, Case Studies, Research Design, Social Systems, Systems Approach, Social Theories
Rowman & Littlefield. 4501 Forbes Boulevard Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706. Tel: 800-462-6420; Tel: 717-794-3800; Fax: 800-338-4550; Fax: 717-794-3803; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://rowman.com/Page/Journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A