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ERIC Number: EJ1006448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Career Paths in Educational Leadership: Examining Principals' Narratives
Parylo, Oksana; Zepeda, Sally J.; Bengtson, Ed
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v58 n4 p565-599 Win 2012
This qualitative study analyzes the career path narratives of active principals. Structural narrative analysis was supplemented with sociolinguistic theory and thematic narrative analysis to discern the similarities and differences, as well as the patterns in the language used by participating principals. Thematic analysis found four major themes in the narratives: (1) passion for teaching and education; (2) external motivation to become a principal; (3) importance of the experience as an assistant principal; and (4) recent changes in the principalship. While all of the participants acknowledged difficulties associated with the principalship, the findings revealed differences between male and female leaders' narratives in terms of structure, content, and style as well as certain similarities.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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