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ERIC Number: EJ916118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 106
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
The Realities of New Principals: Challenges, Joys, and Sorrows
Shoho, Alan R.; Barnett, Bruce G.
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n5 p561-596 Sep 2010
This empirical qualitative study of 62 new principals was conducted over several years to determine what challenges they face, how the principalship compares with their expectations, and what their long-term career aspirations are. The findings indicate that the challenges experienced by new principals pertain to instructional leadership; managerial issues such as budgeting and human resources; and community issues involving climate, politics, and differing expectations from parents. New principals' job expectations depended on the experiences they had as assistant or vice principals. Finally, few new principals anticipated long-term careers as principals. Most new principals desired district-level positions within 10 years. Implications for preparation and professional development are provided. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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