The socialisation of WA early career principals
Leading & Managing
Australian Council for Educational Leaders
School of Education
This article is based on research that sought to understand the socialisation processes of early career school principals in Western Australia. Data were collected by means of semi-structured interviews and meanings that were generated from the data analysis explored the socialisation experiences of participant early career principals as they: ‘became appointed’, ‘walked into their principals’ office, ‘stood before staff’, ‘looked for contextualised help’ and ‘drew upon experience and developed beneficial mentors’. Collectively, the data portray the development of early career principals as they face challenges and seek support to overcome them. The study suggests that new school leaders feel unprepared, unqualified and isolated. This is particularly concerning given that research from over 10 years ago has reported similar findings. Strategies to alleviate the challenges reported by the participants, as discussed in the research, are proposed in conclusion.
Fittock, S., & Cunningham, C., & Campbell-Evans, G. (2020). Leading & Managing, 26(2), 14-31. http://www.acel.org.au/acel/ACELWEB/ACELWEB/Publications/Leading___Managing.aspx