The influence of principals’ values on their perception and management of school problems

Law, L.Y.S., Walker, A. and Dimmock, C. (2003) The influence of principals’ values on their perception and management of school problems. Journal of Educational Administration, 41(5), pp. 498-523. (doi:10.1108/09578230310489344)

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This paper describes a grounded theory that emerged from a study of Hong Kong Protestant secondary school principals’ values and their impact on principals’ perceptions and management of problems. This substantive theory is labelled the “value-based congruence theory”. It implies first, that values influence how Hong Kong principals perceive and manage problems in their schools. Second, that particular principal's value orientations correspond with their behaviour in terms of their perceptions, problem-solving strategies and the outcomes experienced. Principals’ value orientations fall along the following five value dimensions: the relationship, reform, empowerment, client-focus and rationality dimensions. These correlations result in five principal types – the pacifists, the progressive mentors, the philosopher mentors, the pragmatists and the eclectics. However, other factors, namely, personal and organizational characteristics as well as the value properties of clarity, commitment, consistency, versatility, breadth and focus, are found to moderate the linkages between principals’ values and their concomitant responses.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimmock, Professor Clive
Authors: Law, L.Y.S., Walker, A., and Dimmock, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Journal of Educational Administration
ISSN (Online):1758-7395

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