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Leading Catholic Schools into the Future: Some challenges and dilemmas for resolution


Belmonte, A and Cranston, NC, Leading Catholic Schools into the Future: Some challenges and dilemmas for resolution, Leading & Managing, 13, (2) pp. 15-29. ISSN 1329-4539 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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This study investigated what it was like to be a lay Catholic principal in contemporary Australia, with a view to identifying potential barriers to both maintaining and attracting quality school leaders. Qualitative in-depth case studies of six principals in a rural setting were the focus of the research. The research identified four key challenges and dilemmas facing such school leaders. They include: struggles surrounding the purposes of Catholic schools today; the realities of the changing role of principals; tensions surrounding the principal-priest relationship; and a lack of professional preparation and on-going development for their leadership role. While it is problematic to generalise widely from studies such as this, the broad tenor of the identified challenges and dilemmas does resonate with, and build on, research findings reported elsewhere. Each of them presents as matters requiring careful consideration by Catholic systems and schools. They take on particular significance as one considers those factors identified in this research that might act as barriers to potential principal aspirants both now and infuture years.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cranston, NC (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:62355
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-03-11
Last Modified:2012-03-30
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