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Abstract

Fullan examines the principal's role in school improvement and reform. He describes where principals are and what they do and don't do in relation to change. He then talks about the complexity of leadership and offers guidelines for how principals might lead change more effectively.

Author Biography

Michael Fullan is Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. An innovator and leader in teacher education, Dr. Fullan has developed a number of partnerships designed to bring about major school improvement and educational reform. He participates as researcher, consultant, trainer, and policy advisor on a wide range of educational change projects with school systems, teachers' federations, research and development institutes, and government agencies in Canada and internationally. Dr. Fullan has published widely on the topic of educational change. His most recent books are Change Forces: Probing the Depths of Educational Reform (Falmer Press); Change Forces: The Sequel (Falmer Press); the What's Worth Fighting For Series (Teachers College Press); and The New Meaning of Educational Change (Teachers College Press).

In May 1993, the Ontario Association of Curriculum Development awarded Dr. Fullan the Colonel Watson Award for outstanding leadership; in December 1995, he received the Contribution to Staff Development Award from the National Staff Development Council. He was awarded the Canadian Education Association's Whitworth Award for Educational Research in June 1997, and in February 1998 was named a Laureate Chapter Member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. In July 1999, the University of Edinburgh honored Dr. Fullan with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education.

 

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