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ERIC Number: EJ890464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Investing in Administrator Efficacy: An Examination of Professional Development as a Tool for Enhancing Principal Effectiveness
Grissom, Jason A.; Harrington, James R.
American Journal of Education, v116 n4 p583-612 Aug 2010
A primary goal of school districts' investments in professional development for principals is to enhance their effectiveness. This study examines the connection between administrator professional development and performance in a national sample of schools. We show that not all types of administrator professional development participation correlate positively with teachers' ratings of principal performance. In particular, we find evidence that principals who invest in university course work as professional development are rated lower. In contrast, participation in formal mentoring programs is associated with higher ratings. Employing instrumental variables to account for selection on unobserved factors into different professional development types, we uncover further evidence of a negative impact of university course taking on principal performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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