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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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Complications and Complexities

Complications and Complexities

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(p.119) 6 Complications and Complexities
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School Principal
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Dan C. Lortie

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226493503.003.0007

This chapter examines the complications and problems in the work of elementary school principals in the U.S. It identifies the conditions that complicate the day, tasks that principals dislike, and problems that can arise as they go about doing their work. These include scarcity of time, work interruption, maintenance of order and safety in school, and dealing with parent-teacher conflicts. The result of the analysis indicates that it is not surprising that school principals are not inclined to extol the essential functions and benefits of conflict in organizational life.

Keywords:   elementary school principals, school safety, parent-teacher conflicts, organizational life

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