Rod Chadbourne

Document Type



Western Australian College of Advanced Education

Place of Publication

Churchlands, Western Australia


School of Education / International Institute for Policy and Administrative Studies


Chadbourne, R. (1990). Issues facing and shaping the role of district superintendents during a period of radical change. Churchlands, Australia: Western Australian College of Advanced Education.


Before 1987, the work of superintendents was well known throughout the state education system. Their role had evolved over a long period of time and was firmly established - materially and in the minds of school staff. Sometimes people disagreed with how that role was discharged but they did have a clear idea of what it entailed. Superintendents also enjoyed a high profile. They were commonly seen to occupy powerful and prestigious positions, presiding over teachers' careers and curriculum developments. The Better Schools Report changed much of that...

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