ERIC Number: ED466895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Principal Retention and Transition Patterns in a Cross-Section of New Zealand Rural Schools, May 1990-May 2000.
Since New Zealand introduced the Tomorrow's Schools reform in 1989, concerns have arisen about its effects on the school principalship. The main concerns relate to increased workload for principals, especially in small rural schools, and the potential for conflicts between the principal and rural community members. It was feared that such problems would lead to increased principal turnover in small rural schools. From May 1990 through May 2000, principal retention and transition data were collected from 50 small, rural primary schools in the Marlborough, Nelson, and Buller regions of New Zealand. All schools had fewer than 150 students; 20 had fewer than 51 students. Data include the number of principal transitions for each school, destination of the departing principal, and reasons for departure. The 50 schools had a total of 179 principals during the 10-year period. Five of the smallest schools closed during the period; the 45 schools that remained open had an average of 3.8 principals during the decade. Principals averaged 2.63 years per position overall and only 1.97 years in the smallest schools. Among departing principals, only a small number were seeking and gaining promotion, while a comparatively large number, particularly first-timers, were taking up other careers. Principal transitions were less frequent close to central towns and increased proportionately with distance from town. Workload was the most frequent reason for departure and was worst in the smallest schools. Various types of conflict were also important reasons. (Contains 16 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Christchurch Coll. of Education (New Zealand).
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand