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ERIC Number: ED451591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Stages of Headship: A Longitudinal Study of the Principalship.
Weindling, Dick
This paper uses socialization theory to re-examine a unique, 10-year longitudinal study of headteachers so as to describe the stages of headship transition. It outlines prior models of leadership succession in both business and schools and produces a stage theory of headship that can be used not only as a research tool, but also as a way to assist the development of heads and prospective heads. The article outlines the stage theories of socialization and examines previous research on headship-preparation programs. The longitudinal study re-examined here consisted initially of questionnaires that were administered to 188 headteachers. Follow up questionnaires were then distributed to a select number of these principals over a 10-year period. The responses enabled the creation of a model depicting the stages of transition in the headship: Stage 0--preparation prior to headship; Stage 1--entry and encounter (first 2 months); Stage 2--taking hold (months 3-12); Stage 3--reshaping (year 2); Stage 4--refinement (years 3-4); Stage 5--consolidation (years 5-7); and Stage 6--plateau (years 8 and onward). The model should help headteachers understand the likely phases they will experience during their tenure. Although each school is unique, patterns of development are still evident and can be used for preparation and support. (Contains 22 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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