Differences among elementary, junior high, and senior high school principals' perceptions of their administrative task competence; involvement with central office; autonomy; job satisfaction; and length of work week were investigated in relation to social forces confronting the principalship and characteristics of traditional principal preparation programs. Questionnaires mailed to a random sample of 450 principals in rural, urban, and suburban districts yielded a 64 per cent return. All principals perceived themselves competent in administrative tasks. However, suburban principals were more involved with central office and experienced greater autonomy than urban principals. Urban principals worked similar hours and were uniformly satisfied unlike suburban principals who varied significantly in level of satisfaction and hours worked. Revisions in principal preparation programs were mandated.
POPPENHAGEN, B., MINGUS, J. and ROGUS, J. (1980), "COMPARATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF ELEMENTARY, JUNIOR HIGH, AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS ON SELECTED WORK RELATED VARIABLES", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 69-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb009816Download as .RIS
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