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Principals, politics and change : confronting school resilience to radical renewal

Starr, Karen 2009, Principals, politics and change : confronting school resilience to radical renewal, in AERA 2009 : Disciplined inquiry : education research in the circle of knowledge, American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-17.

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Title Principals, politics and change : confronting school resilience to radical renewal
Author(s) Starr, Karen
Conference name American Educational Research Association. Meeting (2009 : San Diego, Calif.)
Conference location San Diego, Calif.
Conference dates 13-17 Apr. 2009
Title of proceedings AERA 2009 : Disciplined inquiry : education research in the circle of knowledge
Editor(s) Feuer, Michael J.
Publication date 2009
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher American Educational Research Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Keyword(s) change
politics
micro-politics
educational leadership
principals
resistance
power
Summary Governments expect school principals to lead and manage significant change to implement school improvement agendas. Research evidence suggests, however, that schools are slow to change (Evans, 1996; Duignan, 2006), that many teachers resist change (Marzano, Waters & McNulty, 2005), and that change is often cursory or short lived – not disrupting dominant cultures and existing arrangements (Johnson, 2004). This paper discusses the resistance to major change encountered by Australian principals, and their perceptions of its causes. Emergent themes demonstrate that the success or otherwise of change rests heavily on the political astuteness of principals, which suggests the need for ongoing professional learning and leadership support around the issue of leading and managing change.
ISSN 0163-9676
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
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