New and experienced secondary school principals: Leadership, management difficulties, confidence, efficacy, and satisfaction

Man Leung KWOK, Sai Kwong LO, Man Biu NG, Yin Cheong CHENG

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Abstract

The present study aims to investigate the pattern of work life of new and experienced principals in terms of leadership forces. management difficulties, confidence to overcome difficulties, sense of efficacy, and job satisfaction. A total of 152 principals from Hung Kong secondary schools were involved. Results showed that three groups of principals could be identified in terms of length of experience (1-2 years, 3-5 years and 6 or more years) and strength of leadership. The relationship between the length of experience and strength of leadership was found to be non-linear with the 3-5-year group being the lowest in leadership. The top ten most difficult issues in school management faced by the principals were identified and discussed. The group effects of principal experience on perceived management difficulties, confidence to overcome the difficulties, sense of self-efficacy and job satisfaction were analysed. The findings suggest three stages of professional growth of secondary school principals, namely, the observing stage, the action stage and the stability stage. Implications are proposed for practice and further study. Copyright © 1997 Hong Kong Educational Research Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-72
JournalEducational Research Journal
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997

Citation

Kwok, M.-L., Lo, S.-K., Ng, M.-B., & Cheng, Y.-C. (1997). New and experienced secondary school principals: Leadership, management difficulties, confidence, efficacy, and satisfaction. Educational Research Journal, 12(1), 60-72.

Keywords

  • School management
  • New and experienced principal
  • Leadership force

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