Perspectives on Change, Transitions, and Passages
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This chapter highlights key aspects of the literature on change, transitions, and passages that can inform our understanding of the passage from teaching to administration. It presents a brief overview of psychological and sociological theories of transitions and passages, and it draws parallels between commonly identified transition and socialization stages, processes, and outcomes and their impact on new assistant principals’ administrative passages. This chapter concludes with a discussion of the conceptual framework that guides the analysis of the personal, professional, and organizational dynamics of the assistant principal’s administrative passage.