Neil MacNeill, Rob Cavanagh
Principals are in danger of pedagogic obsolescence as the pressure to focus on the administrative component of their jobs deprives them of the opportunity to teach. In Australia, the change in nomenclature from head teacher to principal was accompanied by the emergence of a stereotypical view of the principal as the senior person in the office, attending to financial and staffing issues. Education is sadly in need of courageous school leaders who will challenge this trend and lead pedagogic change in schools from the front.
Peter Gronn, Kathy Lacey
The selection process for principal class positions creates significant and unnecessary barriers to the career paths of aspirants to school leadership – Australian Journal of Education
Jenny Gordon, Jean A Patterson
School leadership crucially depends on context and is invariably negotiated between the principal and school community – International Journal of Leadership in Education