Exploring the Management of Principal Responsibilities in Secondary Schools in Barcelona: A Case study

By Marina Tomàs Folch and Georgeta Ion.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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School leaders have complex jobs. To better understand the work lives of school principals, we analyse the agendas and schedule of all secondary school principals in the Barcelona region. According to the current local legislation, secondary schools are led by a principal. Their main responsibility is school management and coordination, elaboration and implementation of school education project and general programing. The principal is assisted by a managerial team, formed by 3-5 people (depending on the school size), which has among others the main tasks of: pedagogical coordination, secretary, school management, academic coordination and administrative management. We describe the context of the Catalonian educational system, its leadership and managerial model from a dual perspective: the normative requirements and the “day to day” tasks. The objective of our research is to describe and analyse the principal’s tasks carried out in day to day activities and examine those with the tasks as defined by the local legislation.

Keywords: School Principal, Secondary School, Management, Case Study

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 21, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 463.377KB)).

Marina Tomàs Folch

Professor, Departamento de Pedagogia Aplicada, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Ph Philosophy and Sciences of Education in 1991. Author of ten books of Management of Education and twenty articles of Organizational culture, education, leadership and woman opportunities. Teacher of Faculty of Sciences of Education. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Research for : “Change of culture in universities Contemporanean”, “Studie of innovative’culture in University”, and “Leadership of woman in University”

Dr. Georgeta Ion

Lecturer, Department of Applied Pedagogy, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Georgeta Ion is degree in Psychology and Educational sciences, MD in management and evaluation in education by University of Bucharest and PhD in Educational Sciences by University of Barcelona. Her research topics are, among others: university organizational culture, the relationship between research and educational practices and competencies based assessment at university level.