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The Assistant Principal: Leadership Choices and Challenges / Edition 2

The Assistant Principal: Leadership Choices and Challenges / Edition 2

by Catherine Marshall, Richard M. Hooley


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ISBN-13: 9780761931522
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Catherine Marshall is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Formerly a teacher in Rhode Island, her studies and career moves include doctoral studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University before moving in 1991 to Chapel Hill. Her teaching and research interests include the use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze school cultures, state policy systems, and the professional development of adults working in organizations. She has published extensively about the politics of education, qualitative methodology, and women's access to careers as well as about the socialization, language, and values in educational leadership. She is the author of Reframing Educational Politics for Social Justice (Allyn & Bacon, 2004); Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education, Culture and Education Policy in the American States (Allyn & Bacon, 2005); and Designing Qualitative Research, Fifth Edition (SAGE, 2010), as well as a number of other books and numerous journal articles.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsxi
1What Is Special About Assistant Principals?1
Unanswered Questions and Continuing Dilemmas3
What Do Assistant Principals Do? The Nature of the Tasks and Roles5
Role Ambiguity7
Role Conflict and Overload7
Job Satisfaction and "Dissatisfaction"9
Career Incentives10
Policy Concerns in the Assistant Principal Role12
Recruiting and Retaining Leaders12
Identifying Appropriate Training and Selection Systems13
Encouraging Innovators14
Encouraging Instructional Leaders16
Providing Equal Opportunity17
Empowerment and Participatory Management20
The Plateaued Assistant22
Recent Realizations and Developments Affecting the Assistant23
Discussion Questions and Activities25
2How Do Assistant Principals Get Their Jobs?27
The Case of Tim George27
The Case of Alicia Brown32
How Assistant Principals Learn About the Role34
Career Decision-Making34
Anticipating the Roles35
Role Model Learning36
Task Learning36
Professional Socialization: The Mix of Formal and Informal Training37
Aspiration Building and Self-Selection39
The Formal Selection Process40
The Informal Assessment Process42
Ambiguous and Negotiated Expectations43
Recent Trends Affecting Recruitment Into the Position44
Crisis Recruitment44
Early Exiting45
Balancing "The Look" in School Sites45
Discussion Questions and Activities47
3Progress in Understanding the Assistant Principal's Role49
Research on the Work and Work Arrangements50
Research on the Socialization of the Assistant Principal52
Constraints on Behavior and Values: Assumptive Worlds55
Right and Responsibility to Initiate55
Acceptable and Unacceptable Values56
Patterns of Expected Behavior57
School Site Conditions Affecting Political Relationships58
Implications of Assumptive Worlds58
Orientations to the Position61
Details From the Case Studies62
New Research Insights67
Factors Affecting Assistant Principals68
A Focus on the Career Assistant Principal68
Career Assistant Principals' Rewards and Satisfactions70
Research on Styles of Achieving71
Research on Emotional Work73
An International Perspective75
Summarizing Insights From Complexities76
Discussion Questions and Activities77
4Opportunities for Improving the Assistant Principalship79
Training and Certification Policies80
University and Professional Training82
Staff Development85
Assistant Principal Conferences87
Selection Policies88
Instructional Leadership94
Achieving Equity in Administration96
Satisfiers, Supports, and Coping Strategies103
So What Does Give Satisfaction, Long-Term?106
Progress in Valuing the Role107
Opening Up the Realm of Emotion and Moral Purpose110
Facing Fundamental Dilemmas111
Discussion Questions and Activities116
5A New and Different Assistant Principalship119
Specific Alterations in the Current System121
Defining Roles, Tasks, and Functions121
Participatory Management125
Affiliation-Support Groups126
Discretionary Power and Recognition127
Reassessing the Value of Assistant Principals129
Promoting the Value of Assistant Principal Functions129
Preparation, Recruitment, and Selection131
University and Professional Training131
Sponsors, Role Models, and Mentors133
Recruitment and Selection135
Staff Development, Workshops, Celebrations, and Special Conferences139
A Deeper Cut: Changing Professional and Cultural Assumptions141
Reconceptualizing Assumptions About Administration142
Shifting Dominant Views of Schooling142
Alternative Leadership Theories and Models145
Transformative Leadership146
Leaders as Critical Humanists146
Intentional Leadership148
Feminist Perspectives on Leadership149
Emotionally Engaged, Relational, and Caring Leadership152
Viewing Administration as Leadership of Identity-Negotiation Organizations153
Leadership as Expanding Schools' Social Capital154
Power-Sensitive Leadership155
Social Justice Leadership156
Policy Advocacy Leadership157
Looking at Equity in the Profession Through Cultural and Political Lenses159
Purposefully Examining Fundamental Dilemmas163
Reframing and Re-visioning Fundamental Assumptions of Schooling165
Training for New Metaphors and Theories for Enacting Leadership167
Discussion Questions and Activities172

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