Complications and Complexities

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:
Complications and Complexities

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This chapter examines the complications and problems in the work of elementary school principals in the U.S. It identifies the conditions that complicate the day, tasks that principals dislike, and problems that can arise as they go about doing their work. These include scarcity of time, work interruption, maintenance of order and safety in school, and dealing with parent-teacher conflicts. The result of the analysis indicates that it is not surprising that school principals are not inclined to extol the essential functions and benefits of conflict in organizational life.

Keywords: elementary school principals; school safety; parent-teacher conflicts; organizational life

Chapter.  8412 words. 

Subjects: Schools Studies

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