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ERIC Number: EJ880816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
New Heads on the Block: Three Case Studies of Transition to Primary School Headship
Kelly, Anthony; Saunders, Neil
School Leadership & Management, v30 n2 p127-142 Apr 2010
The importance of headship to the success of schools is widely acknowledged. This paper focuses on two related aspects, "transition to" and "development during" the first year in post, and identifies and compares research findings with some of the key literature on transition theory and the development of occupational identity. The paper is based on three case studies of new heads before and during their first year in post. The part-grounded/part-developmental analysis identifies how particular themes emerge during transition, how post-transition development is influenced by the transition experience and how theoretical developments and previous research in the field of school improvement and school effectiveness are borne out in practice. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A