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Balance Roles of School Principals in the Light of Their Tasks-Related Problem Solving Stories

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Author(s): Nail YILDIRIM

Journal: Journal of Kirsehir Education Faculty
ISSN 1302-5007

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: School principal | Problem solving | Balance | Innovative balance | History

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this research is to elicit problem solving stories of school principals about the balance which they had to maintain and present these stories as case studies to other school principals at practice. This is a qualitative research aiming at analyzing school principals’ problem solving stories about the problems they encountered in the past. The research employs the case study method. Twenty-two school principals working in the center, districts, and villages of Tokat, Turkey constitute the sample of the research. In the research, snowball or chain sampling approaches, which are appropriate for qualitative research tradition, were used to form the sample. Interview technique was employed as the data collection method. Data were analyzed by “content analysis” method. As a result of the research, it is observed that school principals are confronted with a lot of problems. It is observed that initially the balance between the parts that make up the system is lost when school principals are solving the problems. This situation is in fact, reinstating the balance. The balance is reinstated while school principal is solving the problems. It is detected that school principals also look after several balances while solving these problems. It is concluded that school principals use innovative balance when solving the problems they encounter. In the light of the findings of this study, school principals can be given in-service training seminars about innovative balance roles.
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