The role of the principal as viewed by North Carolina school board members

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marsha Eads Bledsoe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions North Carolina school board members have regarding the role of the principal. A five-conception framework was used to determine school board members' views of the preferred and actual roles of the principal. The effects of nine independent variables (length of service as a school board member, educational background, prior employment in a school setting, reading of current literature on educational leadership, size of school system, gender, age, race, and geographic area) on the roles selected were also examined. Data were obtained from a stratified random sample of 269 school board members serving on boards of education in North Carolina. Size of school system was considered in selecting the sample to assure representativeness. The findings of the study suggested that school board members prefer the role of Administrator/Instructional Leader or Curriculum Leader for the principal. However, they view the role of most principals in their district and most principals in North Carolina as either General Manager or Administrator/Instructional Leader.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
School principals $z North Carolina
Schools $z North Carolina $x Administration
School boards $z North Carolina
School management and organization $z North Carolina

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