Unpacking the issues : researching the shortage of school principals in two states in Australia

Barty, Karin, Thomson, Pat, Blackmore, Jill and Sachs, Judyth 2005, Unpacking the issues : researching the shortage of school principals in two states in Australia, Australian educational researcher, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 1-18.

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Title Unpacking the issues : researching the shortage of school principals in two states in Australia
Author(s) Barty, Karin
Thomson, Pat
Blackmore, Jill
Sachs, Judyth
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 18
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Keyword(s) staff turnover
staffing levels
work overload
Summary An investigation into the declining supply of principals in two states in Australia revealed that a mosaic of issues surrounds the overall trend towards fewer applications for vacant positions. Looking beyond systemic factors influencing this trend – factors such as the increasing workload of principals – this study discovered why some schools are more affected by a shortage of applicants than others. It was found that one of four categories of deterrents was generally involved with declining numbers of applications: location, the size of school, the presence of an incumbent, or difficulties arising from local educational politics. It was also found that smaller numbers of applicants for vacant positions do not necessarily indicate a decline in interest in school leadership: interest in the principalship remains relatively high but principal aspirants have become increasingly strategic in their applications. Whilst drawing attention, in this paper, to the research finding that numerical interpretations of principal supply have serious limitations, the authors are keen to acknowledge, briefly, the research data that refers to (a) social and generational changes (b) demographic information, (c) teacher resistance to the modern principalship and how these data explain declining numbers. They also include information about recent changes that go counter to the trend.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Association for Research in Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003411

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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