ERIC Number: EJ829629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Headteacher Preparation Programmes in England and Scotland: Do They Make a Difference for the First-Year Head?
Cowie, Michael; Crawford, Megan
School Leadership & Management, v29 n1 p5-21 Feb 2009
This article reports on part of the data from the International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) introduced in our previous article in "School Leadership and Management." The purpose of the study is to consider the relationship between preparation for headship and the leadership and management practice of novice headteachers. In this article we take a narrative methodological approach and consider the experiences of a small group of relatively new primary school heads in England and in Scotland. The narratives suggest that preparation for headship helped to develop their professional identity, to broaden their outlook and to develop their confidence and self-belief. However, our analysis raises questions about how headship is conceptualised, the purpose of preparation programmes and the extent to which headteachers are free to act in principled and innovative ways, and about who is responsible for the design, development, delivery and accreditation of preparation programmes.
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Education, Elementary Schools, Personal Narratives, Administrator Attitudes, Professional Development, Self Concept, Innovation, Program Design, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)