Image of the principalship: Preservice teachers' expectations of school leaders

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Abstract

This paper reports on primary preservice teachers' perceptions of principals. A group of preservice teachers currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Program were asked to list what they expected of their principals when they began full-time teaching. Expectations were grouped in twelve categories. Results indicated that preservice teachers expected the principal to be open-minded and receptive to new ideas; willing to communicate with teachers and accept their opinions; be considerate of their work demands and be willing to recognise their professional qualification. Findings indicated that principals were expected to be supportive, open-minded and devoted. Implications are discussed for beginning teacher induction and staff development and for leadership training and development. The expectations uncovered also have the potential to create serious dilemma for principals and for teachers. Copyright © 1996 New Horizons in Education. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
JournalNew Horizons in Education
Volume37
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Lee, J. C.-K., & Walker, A. (1996). Image of the principalship: Preservice teachers' expectations of school leaders. New Horizons in Education, 37, 29-38.

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  • Alt. title: 校長的形象:職前教師對學校領導者的期望