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ERIC Number: EJ1290107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
US Principals' Sensemaking of the Future Roles and Responsibilities of School Principals
Reid, David B.
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v49 n2 p251-267 Mar 2021
School principals are fundamentally important to school improvement. Due in part to this importance, the roles and responsibilities of school principals are constantly evolving. To explore leader sensemaking about this phenomenon I conducted 30 interviews with 10 public school principals in the US state of New Jersey during the 2018-2019 school year. Specifically, in this study I asked: (a) What are current public school principals' predictions of the future role of school principals? and (b) In what way(s) do these predictions shape principals' thinking about remaining in the profession? The findings of this work indicate: (a) principals believe the future of the school principal will focus heavily on safety and security; (b) principals believe the future of the role will include an increased emphasis on supporting student and teacher emotion and mental health; and (c) principals believe their future role as a school leader will evolve in how they interact with parents/guardians. Finally, an analysis of data shows in some cases how principals make sense of the future of the profession shapes their thinking about remaining in or exiting the role of school principal. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey