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Women primary principals : leadership between the flags

Kershaw, Noella Julie 2006, Women primary principals : leadership between the flags, in AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, Australian Association for Research in Education, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-11.

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Title Women primary principals : leadership between the flags
Author(s) Kershaw, Noella Julie
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2006 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 26 - 30 November 2006
Title of proceedings AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia
Editor(s) Jeffery, Peter L.
Publication date 2006
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary The purpose of this paper is to outline my research project and share some of the perspectives that have emerged during the process of analysis and reflexivity. This is a case study of twelve female primary school principals in the independent sector in Victoria. Independent schools are generally referred to as the private sector or non-government schools to distinguish them from the government sector. Also the reference to primary principals’ is generally used to refer to a ‘Junior School Head’ position within a K – 12 School. Many schools often combine the role of the Junior Head’s position and / or the Deputy Principal or Assistant Principal’s position.

This paper introduces the work narratives of successful professional women in senior leadership positions in independent schools. The analysis of the narrative process itself and how these women shape and are shaped by their cultural discourses about leadership provides the focus for this study. In particular how the context and discursive strategies they use to tell their stories are instrumental in their construction of professional identity and its relationship to subjectivity. Thus professional work narratives offer insights into subjectivity and identity as the women tell their leadership stories. Initially Clandinin and Connelly’s (1994) ‘narrative inquiry’ approach provided a useful conceptual basis from which to gather the written responses to a questionnaire collected during 2004, interviews (taperecorded and transcribed) and my reflexive journal maintained during and after the interview process.
ISSN 1324-9339
1324-9320
1034-0130
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2006, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014872

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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