The developing and changing role of the principal

Loretta Jane Noe, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to historically analyze the developing and changing role of the principal from the Greek influences of Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Plato (427?-347 B.C.), and Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) through the 1997 perspectives for the twenty-first century principal. Endeavors were made in order to ascertain the existence of particular tendencies and/or patterns evolving within the historical progression of pertinent data. Archival information was obtained from state and federal holdings. Appropriate sources (books, journals, ERIC information, articles, studies, and surveys) were investigated, examined, and chosen according to their pertinence and relevance to the subject and to the parameters of this study. Standard procedures for historical methods were utilized throughout this project. Chapter I of the study comprised an introduction to the problem and significant data pertaining to the subject of the study. Information relevant to the research topic and questions was introduced in Chapter II. Chapter II included a presentation of the research methodology. Discussion and presentation of the significant findings of the study were presented in Chapter IV. The summary, conclusions, and recommendations for further study on this subject were presented in Chapter V. Conclusions extracted from this study revealed that the historical evolution of the principal's role had original foundations dating back to the Greek philosophers Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Plato (427?-347 B.C.), and Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). Other conclusions revealed that major external and internal influences (political, social, economic, technological, and environmental) affected the developing and changing role of the principal. Research findings also had shown that effective principals were characteristically intelligent, energetic, stable, predictable, people-oriented, assertive, strong, forceful, and dynamic. Many recommendations were gleaned from the study. A comprehensive recommendation reflected that the present-day principal must be educationally equipped and prepared to handle the consistent and changing problems and issues s/he must confront on a daily basis.

Subject Area

School administration|Education history

Recommended Citation

Loretta Jane Noe, "The developing and changing role of the principal" (1998). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9907857.