School Principal, Assistant-Principal, and In-Between: Mapping Relationships and Work Patterns

Aya Levy Zalmanson, Anit Somech

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Abstract

This study explores how elementary school principals and assistant principals (APs) perceive the role of the AP. Results of in-depth semi-structured interviews revealed that no clear role description exists but, rather, there are a variety of patterns that define the AP position. In the selection process, principals focus on four elements: common language, personal connection, trust, and professionalism. The work patterns demonstrated a mix of formal responsibilities and spontaneous tasks, frequent meetings, and a multitude of unstructured times. Relationship patterns involve the professional hierarchy and the efforts to expand partnerships and personal relationships including formal, semi-formal, and close relationships.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLeadership and Policy in Schools
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management

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