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Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice

New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society

Subject: Education


ISSN: 1178-8690



Core professional values for school leaders and teachers: Piloting an online tool
Middle-level leaders as direct instructional leaders in New Zealand schools: A study of role expectations and performance confidence
Indigenous knowledge and early childhood care and education in Ethiopia

VOLUME 32 , ISSUE 2 (December 2017) - List of articles

Who will lead? Principal succession in New Zealand’s faith-based integrated schools

Francine Bennett

One of the most challenging tasks for any school’s board of trustees is leading the process to employ a new principal when a principal change is impending. The importance of this task cannot be underestimated as there is an integral relationship between school leadership and student achievement. Globally, research indicates that this task is becoming increasingly difficult as an aging population of principals is heading towards retirement and fewer teachers and middle managers are aspiring to le(..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0014

O le Tautai Matapalapala: Leadership strategies for supporting Pasifika students in New Zealand schools

Tufulasifa’atafatafa Ova Taleni/ Angus Macfarlane/ Sonja Macfarlane/ Jo Fletcher

This article addresses effective school leaders so that leaders may navigate robust, vigorous and well-thought through changes and supports in schools to raise the engagement and achievement of Pasifika learners. From a Pasifika perspective, a “true leader” in education is an effective leader, a leader with high integrity (aloaia) and standing, who is driven by culturally responsive principles, values, aspirations and world views of the students. Such a leader utilizes a personal humanitarian ap(..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0015

Effective leadership practices leading to distributed leadership

Rachel Denee/ Kate Thornton

Leadership within the early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand is both positionally assigned and a required practice of all teachers. Within this context, distributed leadership – where all team members have the opportunity to lead – is increasingly seen as an effective leadership model. This article reports on a study whose aim was to discover practices of effective positional leaders in facilitating distributed leadership. A nationwide survey was carried out in Aotearoa New Zealan(..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0016

Teachers’ perspectives of the school leadership strategies for a successful change initiative

Tamara Shilling

This exploratory case study examined the role of leadership in the context of curriculum mapping implementation to determine leadership approaches and strategies needed for the initiative success. Twelve participants shared their experiences concerning the “phenomenon” of the study through semi-structured interviews. The study results confirmed findings from previous research about the critical role of leadership in the initiative success and provided leadership strategies for implementing susta(..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0017

The integration of the functions of principals and deputy principals in the management of secondary school

Claudio Navarro-Corona/ Charles Slater

This paper presents and compares the results of two qualitative studies about leadership roles in secondary education. Both studies were conducted in the northwest of Mexico. The results show that in the first instance principals and deputy principals do not form work teams and show little concern for participation with one another. The functions of the deputy principals focus on the control of the institution, while the principals address the broader dimensions of administration, organization, (..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0018

Local logics versus centralisation: A possible dilemma for the boards of trustees of New Zealand’s small primary schools

Denis Slowley

This article reports the findings of a study into the boards of trustees of two small primary schools in New Zealand, the boards of which had been deemed by the Ministry of Education to be “at risk”. Both boards also fitted into a broad band of schools identified by the Ministry of Education as most likely to have difficulty gaining a competent board. The study found that, while there were some issues about the understanding of the board’s governance role by individual trustees, the key concern (..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0019

School principal perceptions of the school counsellor’s role: Traditional or transformed?

Olcay Yavuz/ Carol Dahir/ İlker Gümüşeli

There is a continued emphasis on the importance of building collaborative working relationships between school principals and counsellors to address the growing academic, career and college readiness, and social-emotional needs of students in K-12 schools. This study explored and analysed 1466 school principals’ perceptions around important school counselling priorities, perceptions, and activities that are carried out in Turkish public and private schools. The study additionally explored school(..)

DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2017-0021

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