ERIC Number: ED460438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership Succession in Catholic Schools in New South Wales: A Research Project on Behalf of Catholic Education Commission--New South Wales. Phase Two. Final Report.
d'Arbon, Tony; Duignan, Patrick; Dwyer, Jack; Goodwin, Kim-Maree
Fewer people are applying for principal positions in New South Wales Catholic schools. A survey was designed to determine why fewer people were interested so that concerns could be addressed. In other countries, stress, overwork, and salary level are seen as the main deterrents to people seeking principal positions. In addition to the administrative and leadership qualities required of any principal, a Catholic school principal has the additional requirement of commitment to faith and religious practices. The respondents in this survey came from all types of Catholic schools (primary, secondary, systemic, and Congregational) and from all parts in the state. They were asked whether they would be interested in applying for a principalship at some state, whether it was unlikely that they ever would, or whether given the right circumstances and opportunities, they might apply. Certain themes emerged in the reluctance to take on the role. Over time, the principalship has gradually changed from one of religious to lay leadership and to a situation where nearly all principals are members of the laity. The layperson is likely to have family responsibilities, but some respondents perceived that there would be expectations and demands in this role more appropriate for a religious than a lay principal. Respondents who were teachers often did not want to lose close contact with students. Some felt that the salary difference did not match the degree of responsibility. The selection process was seen as too complex, flawed, or intrusive. Female respondents perceived gender bias in the selection process. There was a concern that there was too much red tape and bureaucracy involved in becoming a principal. Despite the concerns about salary, internal rewards, such as the desire to influence and shape others and the chance to make a difference in Catholic education, were positive reasons for wanting this role. The survey responses were analyzed by frequency, cross-tabulations, the General Linear Model form of multivariate analysis, the Oneway analysis, and the Univariate analysis of variance. Includes a 116-item bibliography from phase one of the study. (RKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Catholic Univ., Strathfield. School of Educational Leadership.
Identifiers - Location: Australia