On Being in Charge

Dan C. Lortie

in School Principal

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226493480
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226493503 | DOI:
On Being in Charge

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This chapter examines the role of elementary school principals in the U.S. as bosses and the authority that principals exercise over others. It argues that the role of the principal vis-à-vis teachers comes closest to being the core relationship among those persons with whom the principal interacts regularly. This chapter explores how principals think and act in response to the challenges that emerge in their relationship with their subordinates. It also discusses authority resources and how principals use them in relating to teachers.

Keywords: elementary school principals; authority; teachers; core relationship; authority resources

Chapter.  6348 words. 

Subjects: Schools Studies

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