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The worklife of the assistant principal

Charles Hausman (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Ava Nebeker (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Jason McCreary (University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Gordon Donaldson Jr (University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 April 2002



Literature and research have substantiated a noticeable trend in the recognition of the important role the assistant principal plays in schools. Despite this awareness, the knowledge base remains inadequate to meet the needs in understanding this vital role in educational administration. Given this void, this article reviews literature on multiple dimensions of the worklives of assistant principals and analyzes survey data from 125 assistant principals in Maine to ascertain how assistant principals allocate their time, at what roles and activities they feel successful, and the relationship between perceived success and quality of worklife ratings. The findings highlight the importance of understanding functions of the role and adequate teaching experience before assuming the role. They also raise concerns about the minimal amount of time assistant principals allocate to instructional leadership and professional development, and the extent to which serving as an assistant principal prepares one for the principalship.



Hausman, C., Nebeker, A., McCreary, J. and Donaldson, G. (2002), "The worklife of the assistant principal", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 40 No. 2, pp. 136-157.




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