The elementary principal as performer : Erving Goffman's analytical framework applied to the principalship

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Herman Alfred Eaker (Creator)
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to provide a framework that can be used to provide additional meaning to principal leadership at the elementary school level. The study has focused on principal performances or the ability of a principal to maintain a definition of the situation throughout a presentation. Methodology for the study was based on a qualitative research procedure containing descriptive and interpretative concepts. Additional concepts found in the study included portraiture, artistic research, case study, and sharing one's personal history. Two major works were reviewed in detail: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman and The Creation of Settings and the Future Societies by Seymour Sarason. The ideas of these two authors were integrated into a revised framework that included three phases of a socialization process relating to principal performances: Confronting History and Socialization - Disregarding Reality: Phase I, Confronting Reality: Phase II, and Presenting Reality: Phase III.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Goffman, Erving. $t Presentation of self in everyday life
Sarason, Seymour Bernard, $d 1919- $t Creation of settings and the future societies
Elementary school principals $x Attitudes

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