Capstone/Dissertation Title

The principalship

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

This study seeks to understand the evolving role of the elementary school principal. The study examines the history of the principalship, the role of today's principal, how principal education programs prepare students, and the best practices of effective principals. The motivating factor for this capstone was a desire to better understand the roles and responsibilities of today's principal. The researcher's personal experiences with both effective and ineffective leaders also further motivated her to acquire a deeper understanding of the complexities of the position. This narrative study explores the principalship through the experiences and insight of three principals who have reputations for being effective leaders. Through interviews, the researcher discovers common themes of feeling under prepared, principal as manager and leader, changes to the principalship, personal and professional challenges, and best practices.

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