Reality and Response

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:
Reality and Response

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This chapter investigates how the work of elementary school principals in the U.S. differs from the work of other managers. In comparison with other executives, elementary school principals have an unusual relationship with subordinate rank and public prominence, since they lack policy-setting and financial autonomy. This chapter highlights the fact that principals work in an emotionally charged setting and explains that school work is marked by considerable uncertainty in the knowledge base on which its managers must work.

Keywords: elementary school principals; managers; public prominence; financial autonomy; knowledge base

Chapter.  6616 words. 

Subjects: Schools Studies

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