Getting below the surface of the principal recruitment 'crisis' in New Zealand primary schools

Brooking, Keren, Collins, Graham, Court, Marian and O'Neill, John 2003, Getting below the surface of the principal recruitment 'crisis' in New Zealand primary schools, Australian journal of education, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 146-158.

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Title Getting below the surface of the principal recruitment 'crisis' in New Zealand primary schools
Author(s) Brooking, Keren
Collins, Graham
Court, Marian
O'Neill, John
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 146
End page 158
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0004-9441
Keyword(s) administrator selection
job sharing professional
women administrators
Summary Since 1989 in New Zealand, the work of the primary school principal has been transformed in official policy texts from that of leading professional to chief executive officer. Surveys document the changing nature of the role and the workload and other pressures that have resulted, particularly for principals with teaching responsibilities in smaller schools. There is a generally accepted crisis of preparation, recruitment, development and retention. Below the surface, however, are deeper-seated, structural difficulties: women comprise the majority of teachers, yet are a minority of principals and their career advancement is largely limited to small schools and those in poorer socioeconomic areas. This article reviews the situation and examines the reasons why dominant images of the primary school principalship may be both partial and counterproductive.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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