Principals as Learners: The Experiences, Ways and Objectives of Elementary Principal Learning at Work
This study focused on the experiences, ways and objectives of elementary principal leaning at work. Purposive sampling, the methods of open-ended survey and interview were used to collect data. 65 elementary principals participated in the survey, and 12 elementary principals participated in the individual and group interviews. The thematic analysis strategy was used to analyze the data. This study yielded several findings. First, important learning experiences of elementary principals included recognizing the importance of the process and result of teamwork, practicing responsible communication, insisting on ideas but remaining flexible, and feeling the support and estrangement from peer principals. Second, regarding ways of principal learning, principals used self-reflection, peer-to-peer professional sharing, and learning by doing more than professional inquiry and professional training. Third, the objectives of principal learning included enhancing student performance, helping teachers’ professional development, promoting school development, and developing a better self, in that order. Finally, this study found that the experiences, ways and objectives of elementary principal leaning at work demonstrated most of the characteristics of the social perspective of learning but laid particular stress on the professional side of learning at partial cost to individual growth and development. Several suggestions for future studies were provided.
|關鍵詞||負責任溝通、校長即學習者、校長學習、校長學習方式、responsible communication、principals as learners、principal learning、ways of principal learning|