Presentation on theme: "Transition to the principalship: a scary leap? Michael Bezzina Australian Catholic University."— Presentation transcript:
Transition to the principalship: a scary leap? Michael Bezzina Australian Catholic University
The national context An impending shortage in applicants for principalship In 2008 the average age of principals was 50, and 25% were over 55. Pincer: Increasing vacancies, decreasing applications
The transitions Gronn, 1999 Formation (birth to young adulthood) Accession (grooming and rehearsal) A time of active consideration, “emotional labour” Need the time and space to “try on” roles Incumbency (attainment and experience) Divestiture (moving out)
What influences the decision to become a principal? The potential principal The school and the system The wider community
HOW NOT TO MAKE A JOB LOOK APPEALING
The potential principal Sense of efficacy Personal values Personal experience Perceptions of principalship Self and family Gender Race
The system and school Salary Recruitment processes School resourcing
The wider community Diversity of student populations Public perception of schooling
A message from ….
How can we help? Take a whole of career stance – it’s too late when they are on the threshold Situate the experience in the context of explicit career planning Focus on building a sense of personal and professional efficacy Build on real life situations Provide positive role models of a wide range of approaches to principalship Provide access to good mentors during the transition and beyond Focus on the unique concerns of women and minority groups.