Connecting Preparation with Reality: Primary principals' experiences of their first year out in Western Australia

Simon Clarke, Helen Wildy, Coral Pepper

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Abstract

This paper reports a Western Australian study that is investigating the extent towhich principals perceive their preparation to align with their professional needs in their firstyear of appointment. The study has entailed constructing narrative accounts that capture thenature ofprincipals' voices and provide a rich portrayal of the issues, challenges and problemsthat beginning principals experience as well as the strategies they adopt to deal with them. Threerepresentative accounts are used in the paper to identify certain aspects of the complexity ofprincipalship, especially in its early phase, that have clear implications for role preparation anddevelopment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
JournalLeading & Managing
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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