Journal article

An Australian perspective on school leadership preparation and development: credentials or self-management?

David Gurr, Lawrie Drysdale

Asia Pacific Journal of Education | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015


This paper provides a review of school leadership preparation and development in Australia through considering the requirements for becoming a principal, how leadership preparation and development occurs, and consideration of recent developments to provide an Australian standard for school leaders. Australian educators have relied mostly on a self-identification and self-managed system in which individuals decide that they want to pursue leadership opportunities and then seek out the support and experiences to help them. Support is available and provided through system, university, and service organization programmes, and the support of colleagues and senior leaders in schools. Whilst there ..

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