Being and Becoming a Principal: Role Conceptions of Contemporary Principals and Assistant Principals / Edition 1

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The roles of administrators are conceptualized as being learners, mentors, supervisors, leaders, managers, politicians, and advocates. Administrators enact these roles directly or indirectly as facilitators to others. Thus, this book views administrators more broadly as transformational leaders who include the entire school community in reform. This book uses cases and activities to provide a bridge from learning the theory of school administration to the practical problem solving in which school leaders engage. For anyone interested in launching a career as a school principal or assistant principal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321080608
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/7/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Introduction” and concludes with “Conclusion” and “References.”



1. New Conceptions of the Principalship.

Principalship and Leadership.

Learning About Leadership.

Seven Role Conceptions.

2. Historical View of the Principal's Role.

Origin of the Principalship.

Origin of the Assistant Principal Role.

Interacting Elements that have Influenced the Principal's Role.

Changing Social Demographics of Cities and Schools.

Academic Study and State Certification Requirements.

Professional Associations.

Practice of School Administrators.

Conceptual Frameworks Influencing the Principalship Role.

3. The Principal as Learner.

Learning: Transmission versus Construction.

Principles of Adult Learning.

Principal as Learner.

Importance of Learning in a Post-Industrial Society.

4. The Principal as Mentor.

Introduction to Mentoring.

The Nature of Mentoring.

Mentoring Roles and Functions.

Participants of Mentoring.

Content of Mentoring.

Processes of Mentoring.

Benefits and Pitfalls of Mentoring.

Mentoring New Teachers.

The Principal as Facilitator of Mentoring for New Teachers.

Mentoring Veteran Teachers.

The Principal as Facilitator of Mentoring of Veteran Teachers.

Principal as Mentor of Students.

5. Principal as Supervisor.

Traditional Role of Principal as Supervisor.

Traditional Supervisory Role of the Assistant Principal.

The Principal's Role in Direct Supervision.

An Innovative Conception of the Principal's Role as Supervisor.

Evaluating Educational Results.

The Principal's Role as Facilitator of Supervision.

Elements of the Principal's Role as Facilitator of Supervision.

6. Principal as Leader.

The Nature of Principal Leadership.

Principal Leadership.

Research on Leadership.

The Purpose of Principal Leadership.

Creating a Collective Vision.

Principal as Facilitator of Leadership in Others.

Facilitating Others in Vision Building.

7. Principal as Manager.

The Principalship and Management Roots.

Management for School Reform.


Action Taking.

Evaluating and Assessing.

The Principal as Facilitator of Others in Management.

Facilitating Support.

Institutionalizing School Reform.

8. Principal as Politician.

Thinking Politically.

Principal as Politician.

The Principal as Facilitator of Others as Politicians.

9. Principal as Advocate.

Defining Advocacy.

Principal as Advocate.

Educational Programs.

Principal as Facilitator of Advocacy.

10. Becoming an Innovative Principal.

Socialization: Learning a New Role.

Becoming a New Assistant Principal.

Becoming a New Principal.

Becoming an Innovative Mid-Career Principal.

11. Looking to the Future as a Principal.

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