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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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On Being in Charge

On Being in Charge

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School Principal

Dan C. Lortie

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the role of elementary school principals in the U.S. as bosses and the authority that principals exercise over others. It argues that the role of the principal vis-à-vis teachers comes closest to being the core relationship among those persons with whom the principal interacts regularly. This chapter explores how principals think and act in response to the challenges that emerge in their relationship with their subordinates. It also discusses authority resources and how principals use them in relating to teachers.

Keywords:   elementary school principals, authority, teachers, core relationship, authority resources

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