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Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile

Montecinos, Carmen; Bush, Tony; Aravena, Felipe

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Carmen Montecinos

Felipe Aravena



Abstract

This article identifies the main problems experienced by two groups of Chilean school principals in a succession process. Problems reported by novice public school principals (n=94) were compared to those reported by their more experienced peers (n=120). Data were gathered through an online survey and eight in-depth interviews. Findings showed that groups did not differ in their overall pattern of responses when problems were categorised at the system level (45%), interactions with people (33%), at the school and territory levels (15%), and within themselves (7%). Differences were observed when comparing the extent to which each group reported problems managing up (interactions with the municipal department of education and Ministry of Education) and managing down (initiating changes in the school's culture and structures). For novice principals, managing up was more challenging and for experienced principals managing down was more pressing. The high frequency and types of problems reported at the system level indicate the need to align policy reforms addressing leadership practices at intermediate and school levels. The findings also suggest guidelines for the professional development programs that extend beyond normative practices for effective school leadership, by also responding to country specific social and organisational structures.

Citation

Montecinos, C., Bush, T., & Aravena, F. (2018). Moving the school forward: problems reported by novice and experienced principals during a succession process in Chile. International Journal of Educational Development, 62, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.04.004

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 15, 2018
Online Publication Date May 14, 2018
Publication Date 2018-09
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2019
Journal International Journal of Educational Development
Print ISSN 0738-0593
Electronic ISSN 0738-0593
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.04.004
Keywords novice school principals, experienced school principals, school leadership, school management, educational policies, principal succession
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51155
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738059317305126
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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