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The impact of education law on school principalship : challenges and emergent findings

Trimble, Allison J., Cranston, Neil and Allen, Jeanne M. 2013, The impact of education law on school principalship : challenges and emergent findings, Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 79-94.

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Title The impact of education law on school principalship : challenges and emergent findings
Author(s) Trimble, Allison J.
Cranston, Neil
Allen, Jeanne M.
Journal name Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 79
End page 94
Total pages 16
Publisher New Zealand Educational Administration & Leadership Society
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1178-8690
Keyword(s) education law
school law
principals
legal
Notes This article examines a number of environmental and organisational factors underlying the impact of education law on the professional practice of school principals. Following a brief examination of education law, the article discusses factors occurring beyond the school, as well as school-based considerations, that contribute to the impact of education law on the modern principalship. The external factors include political (international human rights and public decision-making standards), social (legalization), systemic (self-managed schools and professional standards) and professional (leadership and management roles of principalship) matters. The school-based factors, drawn from a 2011 Australian pilot study into education law, suggest the work of school principals is significantly impacted by education law, particularly when principals decide not to obtain expert legal advice. The research revealed that, in such circumstances, principals may rely on their own, or colleagues’, knowledge and experience which may not always be legally accurate. Participants in the study also highlighted specific areas of their practice impacted by education law, including the overall operation of their school, risk assessment and their leadership role. While this article relates specifically to education in Australia, the factors influencing the impact of education law on the principalship may also apply to New Zealand and other Western schooling systems.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, New Zealand Educational Administration & Leadership Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062896

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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