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School Principal: Managing in Public


reviewed by Thomas L. Good August 10, 2009

coverTitle: School Principal: Managing in Public
Author(s): Dan C. Lortie
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226493490, Pages: 288, Year: 2009
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School Principal: Managing in Public presents an insightful analysis of the role of the elementary school principal. Dan Lortie’s book is tightly written and concisely describes the principal's life in small suburban school districts. In describing the principalship, he reminds us of the enduring difficulty of organizational change in school settings reminiscent of earlier work by Seymour Sarason (1971) and Larry Cuban (1993). Both Lortie and an anonymous reviewer of his book note that School Principal addresses what the principalship and schooling are rather than what they could be or should be. However, Lortie does not claim that schools cannot change, but he does urge us to consider the fact that school organizational structures and purposes have been (and continue to be) shaped by various systemic forces. To change schools may necessarily require changing societal beliefs and other factors. In describing "what is," Lortie brings his own rich experience and knowledge... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 10, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15748, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 4:24:56 AM

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  • Thomas Good
    University of Arizona
    THOMAS L. GOOD is professor and head of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona. He recently co-edited a special issue of Teachers College Record with Mary McCaslin, which describes a five-year research program on Comprehensive School Reform efforts in Arizona. He is a co-author of Looking in Classrooms (now in its 10th edition) with Jere Brophy. His present work includes an experiment on helping grade 3-5 students to better understand rational numbers.
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