ERIC Number: ED356571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Early Professional Concerns: Becoming a Principal in Australia.
Beeson, Geoffrey W.; Matthews, Robin J.
Changes in recent years in the Australian educational system, including school restructuring, decentralization, and different educators roles, has put increased pressure on principals. Principals may have to deal with different levels of authority for different issues. A previous study, began in 1988 and called The Beginning Principals Study was designed to examine common concerns and experiences of beginning principals. This paper reports results from that part of the study aimed at identifying common concerns among new principals in the first half year of their principalships. A varied group of four primary and four secondary school beginning principals from the state of Victoria was chosen for the study. Four researchers visited the principals at the beginning of the 1989 school year and three times during the year. Several telephone interviews were also conducted. In addition, questionnaires were sent to 53 beginning principals. Intensive research with the eight beginning principals revealed they shared seven major concerns: relationships with staff, policy and curriculum reviews and development, administrative structure and financial management, school image, communication within the school community, time management, and student discipline. Five minor concerns were also identified: school physical environment, central Ministry of Education support, collaborative decision making, nonteaching-staff management, and teacher management. Beginning principals responding to the survey were concerned with curriculum development, school finances, school image, student discipline, school buildings, and consultative procedures. The study will continue for 5 years, providing an opportunity to observe how the principals adapt to their new roles over a longer period. (Contains 13 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia