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The search for the role of an elementary principal


2004 2004

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Abstract (summary)

The dissertation examines how elementary principals provide and evaluate professional development in regard to instruction. The nature of this study is descriptive; the methodology used is qualitative. The research is guided by the themes of narrative inquiry. The primary method of obtaining information is the interview process. The major findings and conclusions discovered are that the role of the principal has evolved since the first elementary school programs were established, and during the past decade, reform efforts have focused on setting high standards. The principal's style of leadership influence the elementary school. This study also revealed that most districts do not set aside a budget for professional development. Another interesting finding was that the evaluation of effective professional development was not discussed at length with any of the elementary principals interviewed. All of the literature researched focused heavily on the evaluation being a major part of effective professional development programs. As the study unfolds, it is discovered that the role of the principal is abundant. Most districts rely on the building principal to meet all of the demands set by state regulations and by community. The final results of the study showed that the five elementary principals interviewed believe that the principal's role has changed and has moved more toward an instructional leader. Many educational reforms require teachers and administrators to transform their roles and take on new responsibilities.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Elementary education
Classification
0514: School administration
0524: Elementary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Elementary principal; Leadership; Professional development
Title
The search for the role of an elementary principal
Author
Rattay Nicolaus, Dawn
Number of pages
106
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0178
Source
DAI-A 65/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496917259, 0496917250
Advisor
Werlinich, Joseph
University/institution
University of Pittsburgh
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3158765
ProQuest document ID
305147056
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305147056
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