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An examination of professional development offerings for school leaders in one large education system


Russell, D and Cranston, N, An examination of professional development offerings for school leaders in one large education system, Leading and Managing, 18, (1) pp. 1-18. ISSN 1329-4539 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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IdentifYing and developing school leaders have become priorities for many schools and education systems around the word This is particularly the case given the significant challenges on schools and those who lead them in a rapidly changing and accountability-driven context. This article reports on an examination of the professional development offerings provided by one large education system in Australia for principals and aspiring principals. Drawing on document analysis and in-depth interviews with principals, principal supervisors and leadership professional development coordinators, the research findings are consistent with the key international messages from this growing area of interest, suggesting the findings and recommendations should be of interest for system-level policy makers and school leaders themselves. While of a small scale, the study's findings suggest that many secondary school principals in this system are accessing a limited amount of professional development offered by their own system. Where they are participating in such programs, principals do not believe they are impacting on improvement in school or student learning outcomes. Recommendations for improving professional development programs for principals arising fi·om the study include developing individualised professional development based on the school context, increasing opportunities for principals to develop collegial and professional relationships with other principals, utilising programs and expertise offired by universities, increasing the scope and depth ofmentoring and coaching programs and creating professional development opportunities which scaffold the learning experiences against real-life work tasks completed by the principals in their schools.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Cranston, N (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:78526
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-07-04
Last Modified:2017-01-11
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