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ERIC Number: ED406754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Role of the Principal: A New Zealand Perspective.
Harold, Barbara
During 1989, the administration of the New Zealand education system underwent the most dramatic change since its inception as a national system in 1889. The changes affected principals, who took on greatly expanded managerial responsibilities while continuing their traditional role of professional leadership. Principals were also responsible to the school-based board of trustees, which was composed of parents from the school community. This paper identifies key issues for principals at the introduction of the reforms and discusses trends and developments in principals' role to the present day. Issues included heavier workloads and greater stress; contentious relationships with parents, trustees, and the business community; feminist leadership styles that conflicted with the New Right political climate; the principal's role as an employer; and the principal's new political role. The tension that existed between the leadership and managerial components of the principal's role was perhaps the most problematic issue. Challenges include developing new models for professional development, resolving the debate about the nature of the curriculum and about the social and educational roles of schools, and finding ways to regulate the pace of change. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand