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Dan C. Lortie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226493480

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226493503.001.0001

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School Principal

Dan C. Lortie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the situation of elementary school principals in the U.S. as subordinate officials in a vertical system of authority. It reviews the public context of principals' work and the formal structure within which it is carried out and describes the extensive system of controls exercised over principals by those above them. This chapter also discusses the expectations of principals from their bosses and looks into the ways in which respondents frame their relationship with those above them.

Keywords:   elementary school principals, subordinate officials, controls, authority

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