School administrator selection and placement: a case study on dispositions that support the identification of successful school leaders

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Shirley D. Morrison (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Lashley

Abstract: A significant amount of research has been conducted on the impact school leaders make on the quality of schools. Prior to the twentieth century, the role of the school principal was generated by public expectations. The school principal functioned as a lead teacher and manager. The role of the principal has changed to address the challenges in our present society. There is ongoing concern regarding how school systems select and place successful administrators in school communities. This problem is closely identified with the impact school leaders make upon student achievement, accountability and a culture for learning. In addition, school leaders assume huge responsibilities for the overall culture of the school community. This research study identified and examined the dispositions and characteristics of successful principals in twenty-first century schools. A strong focus was placed on interviewing and selecting leaders. The research questions for this study were: (a) What dispositions support the identification of successful principals in the twenty-first century schools? and (b) How can a district principal selection and placement process tools ensure a good fit between the principal and the school community? The methodology of this study was a case study design. Data were collected through interviews, observations, review of personnel files, and school data. Six principals and three community representatives from each school participated in the study. The principals were chosen from the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The findings in this study showed that successful administrators possessed the following qualities: * People Skills and Vision * Understanding and use of data * Strong Organization Skills * Understanding of the importance of community involvement * Flexibility * Empathy

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Language: English
Date: 2009
21st Century, People Skills and Vision, Placement, Principal, Selection, Successful dispositions
School principals $x Selection and appointment.
School principals $x Attitudes.
Educational leadership $x Case studies.

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