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ERIC Number: ED407712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Praxis of Educational Leadership versus the Cult of Managerialism: Developing a Model for the Professional Development of School Leaders during the Initial Years of Tomorrow's Schools.
Robertson, Jan
New Zealand education underwent reform in 1989. The first seven years of education reform were marked by drastic systemic change in the administrative system coupled with very few support links or services for schools. The school principals were cast primarily as middle managers, which lessened their focus on the educational aspect of their role. This paper presents findings of a study that implemented a professional-development model for New Zealand principals. The Principal's Partnerships was developed as a model that combined coaching and supervision to both support and challenge school leaders. Each principal worked with another principal on leadership and school-development issues. The group also met regularly with the researcher. The program helped the principals prioritize the educational leadership aspect of their role, created structured opportunities for reflection, and increased collegiality and collaboration. They became more critically reflective and became more critically aware of the political aspects of New Zealand education. The paper describes the experiences of one principal, who confronted his own circumstances and gained a sense of political agency. The paper also discusses the importance of creating democratic curricula and experiences in schools. A conclusion is that the professional-development model's use of critical reflection helped the principals achieve praxis by challenging them to see beyond their own school site to the larger picture of education in New Zealand. (Contains 44 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