Voices of lay principals: Promoting a Catholic character and culture in schools in an era of change

Belmonte, Angelo, Cranston, Neil C. and Limerick, Isabelle B. (2006). Voices of lay principals: Promoting a Catholic character and culture in schools in an era of change. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and W. Shilton, AARE International Education Research Conference 2006. Engaging Pedagogies, University of South Australia, (1-16). 26-30 November 2006.

Author Belmonte, Angelo
Cranston, Neil C.
Limerick, Isabelle B.
Title of paper Voices of lay principals: Promoting a Catholic character and culture in schools in an era of change
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
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1324-9339
Editor R. Jeffery
E. Wright
M. Davies
W. Shilton
Issue Paper # BEL06236
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper reports a qualitative study of the practice of leadership in Catholic schools to ascertain the perceptions of lay principals, who as positional leaders play a critical role in embracing and creatively rebuilding the Catholic vision of life within the reality that the Catholic school principalship is now a ministry of the laity. The methodology included semi-structured interviews, field notes, reflexive journals, direct observation, and document nalysis. The study examined both individual human behaviour and the structure of the social order in Catholic schools. The findings point towards successful leadership in Catholic schools being highly influenced by the cultural and spiritual capital that a principal brings to a school signifying a fundamental importance of appointing principals who are not only professionally competent but spiritually as well. In an era of unprecedented social, educational and ecclesial change, and with an ever widening role description, lay principals are challenged to redefine and re-articulate their Catholic character and identity, and will need to look for new ways to make this explicit. Embracing a new leadership paradigm of shared leadership, the preparation and on-going formation of lay principals were identified as critical for the continuance of the Catholic school’s distinctive mission in the future.
Subjects 330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
749906 Education policy
1399 Other Education
Keyword Educational leadership
Identity
Leadership
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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