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Arar, Khalid; Oplatka, Izhar – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2011
This paper addresses perceptions and applications of teacher evaluation by Arab elementary school principals. Analysis of semi-structured interviews with fourteen Arab principals showed that most of the principals identified teacher evaluation as a strategy to improve teaching and learning levels and consequently to improve students' achievements.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization, Politics of Education
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Oplatka, Izhar – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2010
Purpose: To fill the gap in theoretical and empirical knowledge on late career in principalship, the aim of this study was to explore the career experiences, needs, and behaviors of principals at this stage. Research method: Life history and semistructured interviews were conducted with 20 late-career principals, 20 schoolteachers, and 10…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Leadership Styles, Principals, Administrator Behavior
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Oplatka, Izhar; Tubin, Dorit – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
The current study aimed to explore the weaknesses of the junior high school system in Israel, a country whose first junior high schools (Grades 7-9) were established in the early 1970s and whose educational system differs from the systems of Europe and North America in terms of structure, ideology, and control. Based on semistructured interviews…
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Educational Change
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Oplatka, Izhar; Mimon, Rivka – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2008
The purpose of the current study was to unearth subjective interpretations of women principals concerning job satisfaction and dissatisfaction in their career and to examine whether their interpretations differ from common, "androgynous" constructions of job satisfaction developed outside the field of education but that constitute the…
Descriptors: Females, Job Satisfaction, Principals, Women Administrators
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Oplatka, Izhar – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2007
The purpose of this explorative study was to trace the career experiences, problems, and issues of school principals in late-career stage, the place given to this stage in the principal's career cycle, and the way by which late career is interpreted in principals' life accounts. Based on life story interviews with twelve male and female principals…
Descriptors: Principals, Interviews, Instructional Leadership, Adults