International Education Journal

Educational Research Conference 2003 Special Issue

contentsBack

download View Complete Article

Acrobat Reader Install Acrobat Reader

The Changing Nature of the Role of Principals in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in South Australia Following the Introduction Local School Management (Partnerships 21)


Abdul Sahid
Muhammadiyah University, Mataram–Lombok (NTB)–Indonesia sahidinid@yahoo.com

 

 

download Read complete article

Abstract

This paper discusses the changing nature of the role of principals following the introduction of local school management (Partnerships 21) in South Australia. The study reports the series of interviews with primary and junior secondary principals with regard to their roles in several areas namely; instructional leadership, teachers’ professional development, teacher selection, staff supervision, supervision of students, decision making, budgeting and school finances, curriculum, school council and the parents of the students and major challenges of the principal’s role. The findings suggest that there are not great changes in the role of primary and secondary school principals as a result of the introduction of local school management (Partnerships 21). However, the study indicates that the workload of school principals following the introduction of local school management (partnerships 21) in South Australia has increased. In addition, the role of the school principal has also increased in association with the emerging role in working with the governing council and the parents of the students and in relation to decision-making and school budgeting and finances.

Partnerships 21, principal’s role, school management, decision making, leadership

top

 Sahid, A. (2004) The Changing Nature of the Role of Principals in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in South Australia Following the Introduction Local School Management (Partnerships 21). International Education Journal, 4 (4), 144-153.
http://iej.cjb.net

All text and graphics © 1999-2004 Shannon Research Press