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‘Working in the dark’: principals and the law


Trimble, A, Working in the dark': principals and the law, Leading and Managing, 24, (1) pp. 16-32. ISSN 1329-4539 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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This article outlines findings from recent doctoral research concerning the impact of legal issues on Tasmanian Government, Catholic and Independent school principals.

The mixed methods study collected data through a survey of practising school principals as well as interviews with principals, principal supervisors, senior system leaders, educational administrators and an education lawyer.

The study focused on principals’ legal literacy (encompassing the legal areas they deal with, accuracy of their legal knowledge and confidence in that knowledge, and sources of their legal information) and legal consciousness; the legal context faced by principals; negative impacts of their legal dealings, and ways in which their legal supports might be improved.

This research has produced new findings of importance for education law and the principalship. It is the first of its type in Australia to begin to address the legal experiences of principals of Independent schools, together with their colleagues from other systems, and provides a more complete perspective on issues through a synthesis of varying informed viewpoints.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education law, principals and the law, legal environment of schools
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Trimble, A (Ms Allison Trimble)
ID Code:126210
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-29
Last Modified:2019-08-28

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