ERIC Number: ED357438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Emerging Power and Leadership: The Developing Role of New Principals in Australia.
Matthews, Robin J.; Beeson, Geoffrey W.
Decision making is a major characteristic of leadership. The role of the principal in Australia has been affected by changes in education including decentralization of responsibility, increased accountability, restructuring of schools, local selection of school principals, and changed decision-making responsibilities. In this process of change, principals have received mixed messages from the Ministry of Education regarding its support of collaborative decision making and a strong principal's role in decision making. The Beginning Principals Study was designed to examine common concerns and experiences of beginning principals. 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. The study showed that leadership was a major concern of beginning principals. Staff relationships, effective school development, and the principal's role in setting school direction were three concerns. Working with nonteaching staff and decision making in relation to the school Local Administrative Committee and Curriculum Committee were other concerns. A similar project was carried out in 1990, with a sample of four principals. (Contains 12 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia