The role of a school principal

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Brandt, Dieter E
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
The main focus of this study was to interview 4 principals to gather their perceptions about the role of principals in schools. A principal was selected from each school configuration: elementary, middle, high, and K-12. A common set of open-ended questions was developed and each principal was then interviewed. Transcripts were prepared and are attached to this study. Those transcripts were coded using themes set up by Peterson (1999): shape the vision and mission, provide instructional leadership and nurture it in others, manage and administer complex organizational processes, shape the school culture and climate, build and maintain positive relations with parents and community, lead and support school improvement and change. The findings of this study confirm that the major responsibilities outlined by Peterson (1999) are indeed a realistic division of the responsibilities that are embedded in the role of principal. The process of completing this study has left me with a great respect for the all-encompassing role of the principal.
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School principals -- Alberta , School management and organization -- Alberta