Doom and gloom or a time for optimism: Potential aspirants' views about school leadership - now and for the future

Cranston, Neil (2006). Doom and gloom or a time for optimism: Potential aspirants' views about school leadership - now and for the future. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and W. Shilton, AARE International Education Research Conference 2006. Engaging Pedagogies, University of South Australia, (1-18). 26-30 November 2006.

Author Cranston, Neil
Title of paper Doom and gloom or a time for optimism: Potential aspirants' views about school leadership - now and for the future
Conference name Engaging Pedagogies
Conference location University of South Australia
Conference dates 26-30 November 2006
Proceedings title AARE International Education Research Conference 2006
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher AARE Inc
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1324-9339
Editor R. Jeffery
E. Wright
M. Davies
W. Shilton
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Principal recruitment has attracted national and international attention in recent years (eg. Barty et al, 2005 in Australia; Earley et al, 2002 in the UK; Brooking et al, 2003 in New Zealand; Williams, 2003 in Canada). Importantly, Australian research in both state and non-state schools suggests that potential principal aspirants are less enthusiastic than might be expected in their desire to become principals (D’Arbon et al, 2002; Cranston et al, 2004; Lacey, 2002). Given the importance of ensuring we have quality leaders for our schools in the future, the research reported here (which is on-going) examined the views of potential aspirants (primary and secondary deputy principals) from one large government education system in Australia about the principalship and their intentions in seeking promotion (or otherwise) to such positions and the reasons driving these intentions. Data were collected via the Aspiring Principals Questionnaire (APQ) – especially developed for the study – comprising 38 closed items mainly of a Likert-type format, 5 open-ended items linked to particular closed items allowing participants to add their own suggestions/ideas, expand/elaborate on responses; and 4 further more general open-ended items. A number of system-level policy and practice recommendations have been developed from the findings.
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Subjects 330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
749906 Education policy
1399 Other Education
Keyword Australia - education
Educational leadership
System level policy
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paper # CRA06025

 
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