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This study grew out of a conviction that there is a need for a critical examination of the factors which combine to make a successful and efficient secondary school principal in the educational system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These factors should include the educational and religious background of the principal and his preparation, attitudes, and abilities to cope with administrative and disciplinary problems. They would also include the requirements of the job, both in a general sense as applied to educational administration, and specifically as applied to administration of education in Seventh-day Adventist schools.

What are the major responsibilities of Seventh-day Adventist secondary school principals and how are they qualified to meet these responsibilities? The solution to this problem involved the answering of a twofold question. The immediate objectives the answering this question will be an investigation of how the ideals and objectives of Seventh-day Adventist education affect the world of the principal, the determination of what personal and educational standards must be met by Seventh-day Adventist principals, and a survey of the qualifications of principals couples with a job analysis to indicate weakness in present personnel, suggest for inservice training, and offer valuable information for the training of future personnel. The ultimate objective of course is to place such information sufficiently summarized and analyzed in the hands of educators so as to aid in the improvement of instructional and administrative training and efficiency.



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