Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Walker and Vogt (1987) state that today's school systems cannot afford to be static institutions because the environment in which they exist demands change at a rapidly increasing rate. Past research indicates that principals spent a large amount of time on housekeeping chores and in meetings with other administrative personnel (Sarason, 1982). Sarason further adds that the smooth operation of the system often becomes an end in itself and that anything or anyone interfering with this smoothness will be closely scrutinized. Goodlad (1969) indicates that administrators favor teachers who maintain orderly classrooms, keep accurate records and maintain stable relations with parents and communities. Jwaideh's, (1984) research indicates that principals are often recruited from among teachers who demonstrate orderliness and because administrators are rewarded for maintaining the system they are unlikely to challenge it or reward subordinates who do.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
Robert H. Decker
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©1989 Nicholas B. Hobbs
Hobbs, Nicholas B., "The role of the principal in educational leadership and change" (1989). Graduate Research Papers. 2562.