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Beyond the black stump: dilemmas and tensions facing new principals in remote NSW


Pietsch, B and Williamson, JC, Beyond the black stump: dilemmas and tensions facing new principals in remote NSW, Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference Proceedings, 28 June - 1 July 2009, Albury, Australia, pp. 1-13. ISBN 1-920952-38-1 (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper reports on a current research project that examines the experiences and issues that are of concern to principals of isolated central schools in one Australian state.

This ongoing project examines the principals’ perceptions about some of the outcomes claimed for school management reforms. The study is based on a state-wide survey of central school principals in New South Wales and 12 case studies of these principals.

Findings to date suggest that principals’ concerns include: matching mandates from state office with quality teaching in their schools, fostering parent awareness of the value of quality education, difficulties in finding and securing trained teachers in secondary specialist areas and providing in-school professional development for both newly trained teachers and teachers teaching additional subjects outside their area of training. Principals also were concerned that teachers needed professional development to provide for students coming from poor and declining rural communities. Principals experienced professional, personal and social isolation in dealing with these issues.

Herzberg’s multi-dimensional scales for satisfiers and dissatisfiers (1968) were used to explain the apparent paradoxes of principals having high dissatisfactions in many areas and yet remaining satisfied and committed to their schools and principalships.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Australia, isolated schools, principals, management reforms, professional development
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Pietsch, B (Mr Bruce Pietsch)
UTAS Author:Williamson, JC (Professor John Williamson)
ID Code:61646
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-03-04
Last Modified:2012-12-17
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