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What does it mean to be a principal? A policy researcher’s perspective on the last 30 years in Aotearoa New Zealand

Authors
  • Wylie, Cathy1
  • 1 New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
35
Pages
41–58
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2020-007
Source
Exeley
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In this article I reflect on research relating to school leadership and the use of research to support school leadership over the last 30 years in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Tomorrow’s Schools reforms in 1989 wth its shift to school self-management saw more interest in understanding the size and nature of the principal role. More recently there has been interest among policymakers in using research to support effective school leadership, and revived attention to the place of school leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system. This article is also intended to provide future Aotearoa New Zealand researchers into school leadership with some references they can use to chart how things change if new policy settings and supports for school leadership are introduced as a result of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce’s recommendations.

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