The School Principal Research Paper by Neatwriter

The School Principal
An analysis of the changing role of the school principal.
# 61473 | 3,602 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2005 in Education (Administration) , Education (Theory)

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This paper contends that in the past decade, the role of the school principal has become dramatically more complex, overloaded and unclear. The paper explains that the role of the principal has progressed from an instructional leader, to a transactional leader and most recently, to the role of transformational leader. The paper examines numerous studies on the topic that have revealed the importance of the instructional leadership responsibilities of the principal. The paper assesses that improved education for all students requires improved instructional leadership, which begins at the principal level and filters down to the teachers.
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From the Paper:

"There seems to be a gap between the actual role of the school principal and what the role it needs to be. Mention is made of the lack of education, training, and time for the instructional leadership role and of leadership activities being set aside for more immediate problems. The increasing volume of paper work is also included. Additionally, public expectations for the principal's role are mainly managerial and, to a principal, this is a safe and comfortable role. However, as instructional leader, the principal is the pivotal point within the school who affects the quality of individual teacher instruction, the height of student achievement, and the degree of efficiency in school functioning."

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