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Stratton, Susan

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Elementary school principals--Rating of--Illinois; School principals--Self-rating of--Illinois


The study investigated the relationship between what selected Illinois principals indicated through interviews they do in their professional lives and the performance indicators of the Illinois Content Area Standards. Participating principals responded in interviews to questions based upon the performance indicators associated with the six Illinois Content Area Standards. Each of the Content Area Standards addresses a responsibility associated with the professional life of a principal. The design of this study was a basic qualitative research design. Recurrent patterns within the context of the standards were identified, described, and interpreted. The results of the study indicated that principals are aware of and practice the tenets of facilitating a vision, communicating with the public, acting with integrity, taking care of building management, and being aware other entities' actions. The principals are also aware of the importance of creating a close, cohesive culture within their school buildings. The data show that principals need to be more involved in instructional leadership activities in their buildings. A finding of this study was that participating elementary school principals reported that they are familiar with the Content Area Standards for Principals, but the discussion did not indicate that they use the standards as a guide. As one principal stated, “I am not held accountable for the Content Area Standards for Principals. I am accountable for the Illinois Learning Standards and that is where I am going to put my energies.” Recommendations are given for improved practice and further research.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [95]-98).


viii, 122 pages




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