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The Search For The Role Of An Elementary Principal

Rattay-Nicolaus, Dawn (2004) The Search For The Role Of An Elementary Principal. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    THE SEARCH FOR THE ROLE OF AN ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALDawn Rattay-Nicolaus, Ed.D.University of Pennsylvania, 2004This dissertation examines the role of the elementary principal in the context of the school in creating and maintaining effective educational programs that add to the success of the whole school environment. It further attempts to investigate the commonalities of qualities among elementary school principals and investigate how elementary school principals incorporate professional development into their supervisory practices and evaluate professional development in regard to instruction. Thus, this research will strengthen the existing body of knowledge concerning the leadership role of the principal in creating and maintaining effective educational evnironments for students and to identify qualities of an effective principal. The nature of this study was descriptive; the methodology used was qualitative guided by the themes of narrative inquiry. Five elementary principals from The Principals Academy of Western Pennsylvania were interviewed. The major findings demonstrated that many educational reforms require teachers and administrators to transform their roles and take on new responsibilities. All five elementary school principals identified more with characteristics of instructional leaders, even though the literature cited supports the idea that principals need to move from instructional to transformational. Perhaps, some of the principals interviewed or even all would move to being a transformational leader if they had their own professional development provided for them. Funding limits some of the elementary school principals in incorporating professional development into their supervisory practices. However, innovative ways of incorporating professional development were also discussed. Finally, the evaluation component was examined, and the conclusion was more evaluation of educational programs by principals is needed.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
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    Rattay-Nicolaus, Dawnnicolausd@cmsd.k12.pa.us
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairWerlinich, Joseph
    Committee MemberHughes, Sean
    Committee MemberGoodwin, Sue
    Committee MemberMeade, Tom
    Title: The Search For The Role Of An Elementary Principal
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: THE SEARCH FOR THE ROLE OF AN ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALDawn Rattay-Nicolaus, Ed.D.University of Pennsylvania, 2004This dissertation examines the role of the elementary principal in the context of the school in creating and maintaining effective educational programs that add to the success of the whole school environment. It further attempts to investigate the commonalities of qualities among elementary school principals and investigate how elementary school principals incorporate professional development into their supervisory practices and evaluate professional development in regard to instruction. Thus, this research will strengthen the existing body of knowledge concerning the leadership role of the principal in creating and maintaining effective educational evnironments for students and to identify qualities of an effective principal. The nature of this study was descriptive; the methodology used was qualitative guided by the themes of narrative inquiry. Five elementary principals from The Principals Academy of Western Pennsylvania were interviewed. The major findings demonstrated that many educational reforms require teachers and administrators to transform their roles and take on new responsibilities. All five elementary school principals identified more with characteristics of instructional leaders, even though the literature cited supports the idea that principals need to move from instructional to transformational. Perhaps, some of the principals interviewed or even all would move to being a transformational leader if they had their own professional development provided for them. Funding limits some of the elementary school principals in incorporating professional development into their supervisory practices. However, innovative ways of incorporating professional development were also discussed. Finally, the evaluation component was examined, and the conclusion was more evaluation of educational programs by principals is needed.
    Date: 20 December 2004
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 05 October 2004
    Approval Date: 20 December 2004
    Submission Date: 15 November 2004
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
    URN: etd-11152004-172802
    Uncontrolled Keywords: principalships; professional development
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 15:04
    Last Modified: 11 May 2012 13:40
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-11152004-172802/, etd-11152004-172802

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