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Oplatka, Izhar; Stundi, Masada – International Journal of Educational Management, 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the components and determinants of preschool teacher organisational citizenship behaviours (OCB), i.e. role behaviours that are discretionary, unrewarded and beyond formal-role expectations. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 12 Israeli kindergarten teachers and four supervisors participated in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Teacher Role
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Arar, Khalid; Oplatka, Izhar – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2011
This paper addresses perceptions and applications of teacher evaluation by Arab elementary school principals. Analysis of semi-structured interviews with fourteen Arab principals showed that most of the principals identified teacher evaluation as a strategy to improve teaching and learning levels and consequently to improve students' achievements.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization, Politics of Education
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Oplatka, Izhar; Golan, Reli – Religious Education, 2011
The study aimed to trace teachers' role behaviors that religious teachers "perceive" as mandatory versus discretionary and non-prescribed at work. Based on interviews with 15 teachers working in the Israeli religious state education, it was found that teaching the subject matter, preparing students for national exams, encouraging…
Descriptors: Jews, Teacher Role, Teacher Behavior, Compliance (Legal)
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Tubin, Dorit; Oplatka, Izhar – Educational Studies, 2010
The purpose of this study is to trace junior high school teachers' perspectives regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their type of school, and to glean more information concerning their preferable type of grade configuration. To this end, 25 teachers filled out an open questionnaire and six of them were further interviewed to provide more…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Junior High Schools
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Oplatka, Izhar – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2010
Purpose: To fill the gap in theoretical and empirical knowledge on late career in principalship, the aim of this study was to explore the career experiences, needs, and behaviors of principals at this stage. Research method: Life history and semistructured interviews were conducted with 20 late-career principals, 20 schoolteachers, and 10…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Leadership Styles, Principals, Administrator Behavior
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Oplatka, Izhar; Tubin, Dorit – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2009
The current study aimed to explore the weaknesses of the junior high school system in Israel, a country whose first junior high schools (Grades 7-9) were established in the early 1970s and whose educational system differs from the systems of Europe and North America in terms of structure, ideology, and control. Based on semistructured interviews…
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Educational Change
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Oplatka, Izhar; Tako, Eitan – School Leadership & Management, 2009
The current study aimed at exploring desirable constructions of educational leadership among Israeli schoolteachers at three different career stages, as well as tracing the origins of these constructions. Based on semi-structured interviews with 10 teachers at early-career stage, 10 at mid-career stage and 10 at late-career stage, the study first…
Descriptors: Interviews, Instructional Leadership, Career Development, Foreign Countries
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Oplatka, Izhar – Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2009
The aim of this qualitative study was to explore Israeli academics' perceptions of the introduction of educational markets and, particularly, their attitudes towards academics' roles and responsibilities in the new marketing-led university, as well as to obtain a greater understanding of their actual patterns of involvement in the marketing of…
Descriptors: Interviews, Higher Education, Teacher Role, Foreign Countries
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Oplatka, Izhar – International Journal of Educational Management, 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the aims, rationale and design of a principal preparation programme that draws, partially, on career stage perspectives, and to provide an assessment report of it gleaned from two cohort groups of participants. Design/methodology/approach: The programme was evaluated using two modes of inquiry:…
Descriptors: Principals, Professional Development, Administrator Education, Program Evaluation
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Iancu-Haddad, Debbie; Oplatka, Izhar – New Educator, 2009
The purpose of this paper is to present the major motives leading senior teachers to be involved in a mentoring process of newly appointed teachers and its benefits for the mentor teacher. Based on semi-structured interviews with 12 experienced teachers who participated in a university-based mentoring program in Israel, the current study found a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Interviews, Foreign Countries, Rewards
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Oplatka, Izhar; Mimon, Rivka – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2008
The purpose of the current study was to unearth subjective interpretations of women principals concerning job satisfaction and dissatisfaction in their career and to examine whether their interpretations differ from common, "androgynous" constructions of job satisfaction developed outside the field of education but that constitute the…
Descriptors: Females, Job Satisfaction, Principals, Women Administrators
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Oplatka, Izhar – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2007
The purpose of this explorative study was to trace the career experiences, problems, and issues of school principals in late-career stage, the place given to this stage in the principal's career cycle, and the way by which late career is interpreted in principals' life accounts. Based on life story interviews with twelve male and female principals…
Descriptors: Principals, Interviews, Instructional Leadership, Adults
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Oplatka, Izhar; Eizenberg, Mervar – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2007
Whereas much research attention has been given to the induction stage of beginning schoolteachers worldwide, there is a limited knowledge base on the experiences of new kindergarten teachers at this stage, despite the different work tasks and contexts of both groups of teachers. Based on semi-structured interviews with 15 Israeli kindergarten…
Descriptors: Supervisors, Career Development, Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten
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Oplatka, Izhar – Urban Education, 2007
The current study aimed at exploring the perceived significance of promotional events in secondary schools among Canadian parents, their children, and teachers and at determining the influence of these events on the school-choice process and school life. The findings suggest that both teachers and families displayed apparently contradictory…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Choice, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes
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Oplatka, Izhar – Planning and Changing, 2007
The literature on educational marketing to date has been concerned with the ways by which schools market and promote themselves in the community, their strategies to maintain and enhance their image, and the factors affecting parents and children and the processes they undergo when choosing their junior high and high school. Yet, there remains a…
Descriptors: Principals, Role, Student Recruitment, Public Relations
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