The small rural school principalship : key challenges and cross-school responses

Starr, Karen and White, Simone 2008, The small rural school principalship : key challenges and cross-school responses, Journal of research in rural education, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 1-12.

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Title The small rural school principalship : key challenges and cross-school responses
Author(s) Starr, KarenORCID iD for Starr, Karen
White, Simone
Journal name Journal of research in rural education
Volume number 23
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Maine, College of Education and Human Development
Place of publication Orono, Me.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1062-4228
Summary This article explores the responses of school principals of small rural schools in Victoria, Australia to leadership challenges they identify as characteristic of these contexts. The research is an exercise in grounded theory building, with the focus on the principalship as it is enacted in small rural settings. The article also seeks to trace the impact of macro and meso influences on micro rural contexts. While many very positive attributes of small rural schools are evident, this article speaks to principalship engagement with contextual problems – issues concerning work intensification, role multiplicity, school viability, new regulatory funding requirements and the abandonment of equity policies in education – since there is a dearth of information in Australia at this time about how school principals confront these challenges in small rural locations. The research exposes a growing culture of creative collaborative responses to the pervasive impediments of leading small rural schools.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
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