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Education Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 147310, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/147310
Research Article

Management and Administration Issues in Greek Secondary Schools: Self-Evaluation of the Head Teacher Role

1General Department of Education, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, 14121 Irakleio Attikis, Greece
2Department of Primary Education, Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Western Macedonia, 3rd km of National Road Florinas-Nikis, 53100 Florina, Greece

Received 20 May 2014; Accepted 11 December 2014; Published 31 December 2014

Academic Editor: Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha

Copyright © 2014 Argyrios Argyriou and George Iordanidis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study investigated the importance school headmasters attach to a number of activities associated with the effective performance of their duties. This recording aims to examine the potential of these school headmasters to exercise their role and work within the highly bureaucratic and hierarchical Greek educational system. These activities include (a) establishment and realization of a common vision and mission of the school unit as well as its culture identification and formation, (b) teaching and tutoring of students, (c) management and development of the educational personnel, (d) conducting of administrative affairs and management of resources, and (e) good relations with parents, entities of external environment of the school unit, and the local community. The study found that the headmasters consider activities concerning their bureaucratic/conductive role as well as their leading behaviour as “very important” at very high percentages (over 70.0%). However, tasks involving them in administrative issues are, according to them, “less” up to “least important” so that their role is effectively fulfilled. Statistically significant diversifications have been observed in certain activities associated with the efficient performance of their duties in relation to their gender, years of experience in leadership position, and the size of the school unit.