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Within-Principal Variation: Exploring the Relationships Between Time Use and School Context

Tue, April 9, 8:00 to 9:30am, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Floor: 800 Level, Hall F


Researchers, policy makers, and practitioners have been interested in how principals have spent their time since the professionalization of the principalship at the turn of the twentieth century. Findings across 100 years of research have suggested that modern day principals spend their time similarly to their predecessors. Despite seemingly homogeneous findings, gaps in the literature and methodological limitations, including small, unrepresentative samples and abbreviated observational periods, have warranted continued study of principal time use. The purpose of this study was to examine how principals outside large metropolis locales allocated their time and to analyze the relationships between principal time use and school context, including prior academic outcomes, school level, locale, and student demographics.