The Construction of the Principalship: Institutional Ethnography and Principal Selection and Succession
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 13)


When I agreed to write the prologue to this edited volume, I agreed without quite understanding what a prologue is or does. Of course, many books have prologues. Plays often have prologues. And prologues always come at the beginning. But what does a prologue do? The following Oxford Concise English Dictionary definition gives us two ways to think about prologue—as an introduction to, and as an action:

Prologue: noun

1. An introductory section or scene in a literary, dramatic, or musical work

2. An event or action leading to another

ORIGIN Greek prologos, from pro- ‘before’ + logos ‘saying’


  1. Smith, D. E. (2005). Institutional ethnography: A sociology for people . Lanham: AltaMira.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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