Looking for the next generation of principals: Generation Y teachers’ perceptions of and aspirations for leadership in Victorian Independent Schools

Daniel Pampuch (2010). Looking for the next generation of principals: Generation Y teachers’ perceptions of and aspirations for leadership in Victorian Independent Schools PhD Thesis, School of Education, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Daniel Pampuch
Thesis Title Looking for the next generation of principals: Generation Y teachers’ perceptions of and aspirations for leadership in Victorian Independent Schools
School, Centre or Institute School of Education
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-04
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr Mary McMahon
Prof Neil Cranston
Total pages 280
Total colour pages 10
Total black and white pages 270
Subjects 13 Education
Abstract/Summary Internationally and within Australia the education sector faces a shortage of educational leaders. Many of today’s key educational leadership positions are filled by people of the Baby Boomer generation (1943-1960) who are approaching retirement age. Additionally, there is a belief that the quantity and quality of applicants for vacant principalship positions is diminishing. With the following age cohort, Generation X (1961-1981), comparatively small in size there is a genuine fear that the pool of potential leaders will continue to shrink well into the future. Generation Y (1982-2000), the most recent age cohort to enter the education profession, may be the future hope of educational leadership due to its size as a group. The present study investigated the perceptions and aspirations of Generation Y teachers for school leadership and, in particular, the principalship. The study was located within the Independent schools sector in the urban growth corridors of Melbourne, Australia. Specifically, the study identified the attractors and detractors of school leadership, the aspirations of Generation Y teachers within schools, as well as, the possible attraction and preparation mechanisms required to engage a new generation of leaders within schools. Through a qualitative investigation, that utilised both individual interviews and focus groups, the study focussed on Generation Y as potential future school leaders and identified the strategies which could be adopted to cultivate this cohort for future school leadership positions. Participants included fifteen Generation Y teachers in their third to sixth year of teaching, four current serving principals, and three Independent school sector association executives. Generational theory served as a lens through which the views of Generation Y could be effectively identified and explored. In particular, Mannheim’s (1952) three tiered concept of generation was chosen as the guiding framework for discussion and analysis as it acknowledges that though cohorts may participate in the same concrete historical and social events they are not homogenous in either their character or outlook. The study found that Generation Y teachers have differing career development needs from the Baby Boomer cohort which precedes them. Many of the traditional attraction and preparation strategies in Independent schools are modelled on those suited to the older Baby Boomer cohort. The study found that a shift in school culture is required to attract, prepare and retain a new generation of school leaders. Additionally, the study found that school boards and principals, who serve as significant gatekeepers within Independent schools, must adopt new mindsets if key practices and policies are to be implemented which are conducive to a new generation of teacher and leader. With due acknowledgment of the limitations of the study, such as its location in the Independent schooling sector, recommendations for policy and planning are presented as are areas for possible further investigation.
Keyword Leadership
Principals
Generation Y
Principal shortage
Succession planning
Principal selection
Leadership preparation
Independent schools
Aspirations
Additional Notes 9, 52, 64, 67, 71-73, 75, 224, 230

 
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