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ERIC Number: EJ1124393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Novice Head Teachers' Isolation and Loneliness Experiences: A Mixed-Methods Study
Tahir, Lokman; Thakib, Mohd Taufiq Mohd; Hamzah, Mohd Hilmi; Said, Mohd Nihra Haruzuan Mohd; Musah, Mohammed Borhandden
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v45 n1 p164-189 Jan 2017
Most studies in headship focus on the elements of training and head teachers' capabilities in leading schools. The concept of isolation experienced by head teachers during the early years of their headship is, however, overlooked. This article attempts to explore the neglected aspect of headships' experiences with isolation that later contributes to the betterment of the headship appointment. This mixed-methods study explores the experience of head teachers' isolation in the early phase of their leadership years, and presents findings on the strategies used to overcome the isolation. Using an open-ended questionnaire, a total of 170 novice head teachers from Malaysian primary and secondary schools were asked to give their responses on experiences of isolation. Furthermore, 10 novice head teachers, who experienced isolation in the early phase of their leadership years, were interviewed. Findings revealed that the level of isolation among the head teachers was fairly low, and they perceived their isolation experience as temporary.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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