Abstracting Sergiovanni’s Chapter Two: “The Principal’s Job Today and Tomorrow
Sergiovanni, T.T. (2009). The principalship: A reflective practice perspective (6th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon
Purpose Statement
The purpose of Sergiovanni’s chapter, entitled “The Principal’s Job Today and Tomorrow,” was to inform the reader of the changing descriptors, such as changing from a managerial principal to an instructional leader, and the challenges that principal’s endure, related to new laws and regulations. The purpose of the chapter was also to inform the reader of the many different ways to successfully lead and the many characteristics of effective principals.
Essential Points within the Chapter
Principals’ priorities: comparison between principals, teachers and parents. Each principal must individually consider all jobs/tasks they must accomplish and prioritize each of them. A study was held to show which tasks principals, teachers and parents consider to be what the principal’s priorities are. In the study, principals, teachers and parents all considered the principal’s highest priorities to be motivation of students and faculty and test scores, but principal’s ranked test scores lower in priority than parents and teachers, but still in the top 3 priorities. School morale was ranked by principals as their number 2 priority, but teachers and parents did not see that as a priority for principals. Teachers ranked test scores as the highest priority seen to principals, which shows the level teachers feel principals place scores at, even though principals didn’t rank scores in the top 3. This would be a blind spot to many principals, an obstacle to change, obviously their priorities are not being perceived to teachers they way they wish to. As for items ranked as low priorities, all three groups ranks extracurricular activities as the least priority for a principal, but the other low priority changed between all 3 groups. Teachers said a low priority aspect...