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Klatt, Roger – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Empirical studies indicate family concerns as a primary reasons why promising principals and central office administrators do not aspire to the superintendency (O'Connell, Brown, Guptil, Stosberg, & O'Connell, 2001; Volp & Rogers, 2004). Hesitancy to apply for superintendent positions is further complicated by the fact that the…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Family Work Relationship, Quality of Life
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Reitzug, Ulrich C. – Journal of School Leadership, 2008
The intersection and clash between prevailing norms of schooling and increasing sensitivity to diversity raises a host of previously ignored ethical considerations for school administrators. These ethical issues remain largely invisible to many school leaders and thus are addressed only minimally or inadequately. This paper explores ethical issues…
Descriptors: School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Ethics, Standards
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Kowalski, Theodore J. – Journal of School Leadership, 2003
Challenges assumptions regarding insufficient supply of superintendents and conclusions about underlying causes of this condition. Argues that the longstanding practice of overproducing administrators and then allowing employers to determine competence is not indicative of a true profession. Recommends the strengthening of preparation and…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Board of Education Role, Certification
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Wallace, Stephen O.; Acker-Hocevar, Michele; Sweatt, Owen – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Argues that existing accountability standards for educational leaders are inadequate to accommodate the diverse contextual realities of working life. Raises critical questions concerning the most appropriate philosophical views of contemporary educational leadership and how to assess such leadership. Organizations as open systems are superior to…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Effectiveness, Context Effect, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mayo, Russell – Journal of School Leadership, 1999
Experience and research on superintendents reveal the enormous conflict and tension in a changing, ambiguous position. This article discusses the significance of "outsider" superintendents. It examines how outsider status (negatively) influences superintendents' effectiveness, how these effects can be reduced, and whether women and minorities…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Politics of Education
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Kowalski, Theodore J.; And Others – Journal of School Leadership, 1992
The growing importance of shared decision making and decentralization is causing a reevaluation of skills required for the principalship. This study examined teacher and principal perceptions of skills required for principal effectiveness, using Katz's widely used taxonomy that classifies managerial skills as technical, human, and conceptual. Both…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Effectiveness, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lesourd, Sandra J.; And Others – Journal of School Leadership, 1992
Formulates descriptive research findings into a utilitarian tool for principal leadership development programs. An instrument measuring attitude toward a (visionary) leadership ideal was developed, administered, and analyzed. Previous research findings were summarized. Results showed that the instrument would help assess individual acceptance of…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Styles
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Hoyle, John R. – Journal of School Leadership, 1991
School principals are in a difficult environment filled with stress and plagued by weak support. Most principals are unprepared for site-based decision making. University professors must take the initiative to use the emerging knowledge base and develop professional studies degree and staff development programs to prepare principals. (24…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, College School Cooperation
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Herrity, Vishna A.; Glasman, Naftaly S. – Journal of School Leadership, 1999
Examines recommendations of "expert" Southern California principals for modifying administrator-preparation programs based on interactions existing among changing social demographics, effects on schools, and effects on administrators. University-based training programs should play a critical role in equipping aspiring administrators with…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Cultural Pluralism
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Dussault, Marc; Thibodeau, Stephane – Journal of School Leadership, 1997
Investigates the relationship between school principals' professional isolation and their performance at work. Suburban Quebec principals were administered French versions of the UCLA Loneliness Scale and the Self-Appraisal Instrument for Community College Administrators. Principals' professional isolation was negatively and significantly…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Job Performance
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Ovando, Martha N.; Troxell, Dan – Journal of School Leadership, 1997
Examines the competencies required by superintendents to lead schools in diverse cultural settings. Methodology included interviews with 12 multicultural education experts, participation of 14 "expert" superintendents, and written responses. Findings revealed considerable agreement between experts and superintendents concerning these…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education
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Davis, Stephen H. – Journal of School Leadership, 2000
Compared 124 California principals' perceptions with 99 superintendents' perceptions on 22 reasons for principal terminations and on 9 organizational outcomes related to ineffective leadership. Superintendents attribute principals' failure to internal personal insufficiencies; principals most often named external factors--political interference…
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Effectiveness, Decision Making
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Boris-Schacter, Sheryl; Merrifield, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 2000
Discusses findings from interviews with 19 committed principals and places them within the context of new research on principals as lifelong learners who publicly model intellectual curiosity. Conditions for continuous learning exemplified by these principals comprise three categories: professional identity, influence of the liberal arts, and…
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Adult Learning, Curiosity
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Schmieder, June H.; And Others – Journal of School Leadership, 1994
Uses two theoretical frameworks to examine principal effectiveness: a taxonomy of necessary people-management skills and the professional socialization process. Surveys 450 principals and 208 superintendents in California who had been appointed to their present position in 1989 or later. Results show strong agreement regarding critical skills for…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Internship Programs
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Johnson, Bob L., Jr.; Licata, Joseph W. – Journal of School Leadership, 1995
Examines the perceptions of 3,067 teachers of the effectiveness of successors to 73 prior principals. Effective successors inspired teacher confidence early. Results further indicate that teachers assess succession in terms of its effect on organizational factors that allow teachers to maintain predictability and control over their work. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership
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