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ERIC Number: EJ916106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Limited Control and Relentless Accountability: Examining Historical Changes in Urban School Principal Pressure
West, Deborah L.; Peck, Craig; Reitzug, Ulrich C.
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n2 p238-266 Mar 2010
Influential texts have long identified principals as being essential to school success. Accordingly, high expectations and pressures have attended the principalship and affected the professionals who occupy it. This exploration asked three interrelated questions: What pressures have urban school principals typically faced, in the past and today? What new pressures have emerged? What effects have these pressures had on principals and the prospect for lasting urban school improvement? To answer these questions, historical and contemporary artifacts were analyzed, as well as data from interviews with 17 principals from one large urban district. Findings indicate that today, even more so than in the past, the urban principalship is characterized by extensive responsibilities and limited control, nested in a context of relentless accountability. (Contains 2 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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