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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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FUNDAMENTAL SHIFTS IN SCHOOLING

Implications for principal leadership

Charles Hausman and Joseph Murphy

 

INTRODUCTION

Given the widely held belief that public schooling is suspended in a state of mediocrity, many reformers have turned their attention to the pivotal role played by principals in school improvement. Recent reforms of a radical nature have caused the roles and responsibilities of these school leaders vastly to increase in number and complexity (Murphy, 1994). After noting how wholesale changes in their roles may afford Australian principals unprecedented opportunities for self-fulfilment, Caldwell cautions, ‘A welter of requirements on industrial matters and expectations for accountability may make the whole a thankless and ...

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