Current International Trends in Formal Socialization to the Principalship: An Exploratory Multiple Case Study
Contributor(s)Donlevy, Dr. J. Kent
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AbstractThis qualitative multiple case study explored current international trends in the socialization of those aspiring to the school principalship in Canada, Australia, England, Finland, and the United States. The focus was on the formal socialization of principals through preparation programs and addressed the questions of why and how formal socialization is sought, its importance to those programs as well as the governmentally-espoused purposes and structures of those programs. The study provided insight into the formal socialization process in organizations derived from publically accessible on-line documents dealing with principal preparation programs in the above jurisdictions. Findings indicated a trend towards formal, as opposed to informal, socialization into the role of school principal through the provision of preparation programs, which have a formal structure consisting of both internal and external elements. An integrated structural framework representing formal principal preparation programs across the five jurisdictions was presented. Nine recommendations are given for principal preparation programs.