Disintegration–Reintegration: Shifting Perspectives – Letting Go, Holding On, and Reframing
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Chapter 7 focuses on the third epicycle of the assistant principals’ administrative passage. Disintegration–Reintegration is triggered by the ongoing conflict between the assistant principals’ pre-role expectations and their external socialization challenges. In order to reconcile these tensions, the assistant principals adopted new schemas and dispositions which were more congruent with their administrative role demands. This entailed relinquishing some of their teaching skills and behaviors which were incompatible with their new role, as well as retaining and reframing their goals and values to make them more congruent with their emerging understanding of the administrative landscape.