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The best person for the job : an investigation into the principal selection process in Tasmanian government schools

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posted on 2023-05-26, 17:31 authored by Milbourne, SA
Despite the crucial role that principals play, numbers of applicants for principalship vacancies are said to be declining, and one of the reasons for this is the process used to select principals. There is a small, but increasing body of research into people's perceptions of principal selection processes, but almost none in the Tasmanian context. This study aims to fill this void in the research. This research investigates the perceptions of a group of people involved in the selection process for principals in the state of Tasmania, Australia. In particular, it examines those factors that were considered to be positive about the process and those that were considered to be negative. It seeks to answer three questions: - what are the views on those factors of participants in the principal selection process that exists in the Tasmania Department of Education? - what effects does participation in the process have on participants themselves? - what are the implications for the system (Department of Education)? In its use of semi-structured interviews as the data-gathering instrument, this study facilitates an in-depth exploration of the issue with participants. In doing so, it is anticipated that the study will add to the existing knowledge of peoples' perceptions of principalship selection, with its links to declining number of principalship applicants. This study goes further, in that it specifically investigates the Tasmanian context, adding to the very limited information that exists on the current situation. It provides data that could help to shape future principal selection processes, which in turn may address the issue of declining numbers of people applying for principalship positions. Finally, it offers information to guide further research into making the selection process more effective.


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