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External influences impacting on beginning headteachers in England: Findings from the IBPS project

Male, T; (2001) External influences impacting on beginning headteachers in England: Findings from the IBPS project. In: (Proceedings) AERA 2001 Annual Meeting. American Education Research Association (AERA): Seattle, WA. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports on the data gathered through a self-completion questionnaire administered to a sample of headteachers in England who took up post in September, 2000. The survey is part of a larger, international study (The International Beginning Principals Study – IBPS) which aims to investigate and report on the experiences of beginning headteachers and principals during their first two years in post. Research teams are undertaking parallel studies in other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Netherlands and USA. Six research questions underpin the design of questionnaires used in all countries, thus allowing for data to be compared across the countries whilst allowing each questionnaire to reflect linguistic, cultural and structural differences between school systems. The research questions are: 1. What are the similarities and differences in the work of school headteachers/principals in different countries? 2. What encourages and discourages people from aspiring to the headship/principalship? 3. How do new headteachers/principals perceive and deal with external influences? 4. What learning experiences help new headteachers/principals adjust to their role? 5. How do new headteachers/principals become socialised into their role? 6. How does the culture of the school evolve with the arrival of a new headteacher/principal? This paper investigates the data that can be applied to how the beginning headteacher deals with external influences. The paper also reviews the sources of support perceived by respondents as being helpful to them when dealing with these external influences.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: External influences impacting on beginning headteachers in England: Findings from the IBPS project
Event: AERA 2001 Annual Meeting
Location: Seattle, USA
Dates: 09 April 2001 - 13 April 2001
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting...
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Headteacher, England, Preparation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473009
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