Principal preparation: The case of novice principals in Turkey

Kadir Beycioglu, Helen Wildy

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    This chapter reports quantitative and qualitative survey data from Turkey as part of a larger International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) that examines the utility of principal preparation programs for novice principals in 13 contexts to find out what lessons can be learnt from each context. Conducted in 2010, this study sought responses from 123 principals in their first three years of appointment to identify the challenges they faced and the extent to which they perceived they were adequately prepared to face these challenges. The findings indicated that, although the participants perceived early years of principalship as challenging work, they felt that they were ready for these challenges, despite the emphasis on theory over practice in their preparation programs. Interestingly, principals who reported having greater than 10 years as assistant principals felt less adequately prepared than did their colleagues who had spent fewer than 10 years as assistant principals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMultidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
    EditorsKadir Beycioglu, Petros Pashiardis
    Place of PublicationUnited States
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466665927
    ISBN (Print)9781466665910
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014


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