The search for the role of an elementary principal
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.
0524: Elementary education