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ERIC Number: EJ983298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Cloning Their Own: Aspirant Principals and the School-Based Selection Game
Gronn, Peter; Lacey, Kathy
Australian Journal of Education, v50 n2 p102-121 Aug 2006
In this article, we report data from two projects concerned with the aspirant principals' perspectives about school principal recruitment in three Australian states. In particular, we consider what our informants perceive as factors that inhibit the realisation of their aspirations. These factors include aspects of the operation of school-based processes of application and selection. Principal aspirants regard selection as a game that works to the advantage of internal applicants for advertised vacancies. We analyse a number of dimensions of the selection game and we liken the bias towards internal candidates as a form of personnel cloning. Finally, we consider some possible explanations for this practice and review its wider significance in respect of the themes of risks, risk-taking and risk aversion in employment recruitment. (Contains 2 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia