ERIC Number: EJ925882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Principals Preparing for Change: The Importance of Reflection and Professional Learning
Zimmerman, Judith A.
American Secondary Education, v39 n2 p107-114 Spr 2011
Given the demands and constraints under which they work, it is critical for principals to determine their own readiness for change before undertaking the complex process of changing schools. Leaders can discover their change readiness by becoming reflective practitioners who know themselves and engage in professional learning. This informed commentary article explores the impact of principals' behaviors, their attitudes toward change, and their self-efficacy on their change readiness. Using a scenario to set the stage, the author concludes that principals who expect teachers to take risks in learning and practicing new behaviors should demonstrate their own openness to change.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Reflective Teaching, Principals, Educational Change, Reflection, Professional Education, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Attitudes, Risk, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Administrator Characteristics
Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Education. 229 Dwight Schar Building, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. Tel: 419-289-5273; Web site: http://www3.ashland.edu/ase
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A