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ERIC Number: EJ922378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Fit for Purpose? Western Australian Insights into the Efficacy of Principal Preparation
Clarke, Simon; Wildy, Helen; Styles, Irene
Journal of Educational Administration, v49 n2 p166-178 2011
Purpose: This paper aims to highlight what principals consider their most severe challenges in the first three years of appointment and the extent to which they believe they were adequately prepared to meet these challenges. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reports on the initial Western Australian findings of a survey developed for Phase Three of the International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP). The survey was designed as a common instrument across international contexts to investigate those aspects of principals' work perceived to be most challenging in the early years in the position and the extent to which principals believe they were prepared for these challenges. The survey was administered to 45 novice principals in Western Australia. Findings: The preliminary results of the survey have yielded some insights that draw attention to what principals regard as their main challenges and the extent to which they felt prepared to deal with them. Research limitations/implications: The sample size is a little small for some of the analyses and results need to be treated with caution. Practical implications: The insights derived from responses to the survey have clear implications for the efficacy of role preparation and development. Originality/value: The paper helps to clarify those aspects of the work of novice primary principals which they find most problematic, relative to other aspects and the extent to which they felt prepared to deal with them. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia